This trail will beat you up! I hike La Luz in Abq several times per year and this jagged rocky trail is similar but tougher thanks to the volcanic geology of Humphreys. The saddle is only 2/3rds to the summit, but at that point you're committed to several false peaks before bagging the top of Arizona. Don't make the Arizonans upset by hiking off trail into their only chunk of tundra.
The hardest hike I have done 'yet' I left at about 11am and didn't return back until 6pm. I got down right before the sunset. I packed light, I brought a DSLR camera 3 snacks and a water. Once I got to the top it was such an amazing view of the highest point in Arizona. You can see the grand canyon and much more. The time I went the winds were super intense I would say it was 50-70mph winds that I was being pushed by the winds, so I didn't stay on the top long. And there is a few false summits so don't stop until you see the sign. A few notes: Plan a weekend to get used to the climate because the elevation can kick your butt. Bring plenty of food and water. Bring a wind breaker for the top. Bring a camera/phone for memories. And eat a big meal before and after. And get an early start.
So worth it, making it to the top. I finally made it on my third try. I started late on the other one and was too late to make it to the top. So, I had to come down, and thank God for one guy who actually came down with me. By the time we got back to our car, it was dark. Must hike this mountain!
Very nice area, we got a bit lost. Maybe due to lack of situational awareness/ just letting the dog pull us down whatever path he wanted! We were easily able to tell which general direction we needed to head in and only added about half a mile to the overall trip. The parts where I know we were on the right trail weren't too difficult but not easy either. great for active dogs or bigger kids.
Such an awesome hike! Being from Florida I am glad I acclimated in Flagstaff for a few days. I do not get to hike that often, but found this trail challenging but very doable. My advice is to bring plenty of water, food (you will need the energy boost), and good shoes. The pain goes away when you touch that sign. Happy trails!
Lucia C. on Humphrey's Peak
This hike was harder than what I expected, definitely a good workout. Strong winds on top, make sure you take lots water and something to snack on, long hike. The view on top makes it all worth it.