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Nice time with the family!

Good for the family hike.

worth the view

A great trail, up to the saddle - at which point it becomes a search for the correct route. Be prepared for a couple of false summits and a glorious view from the top. If you hit it early enough in the summer (4 am), you'll have the whole mountain to yourself on the ascent. Round trip can be run with a bit of effort in under 3 hours, but it's nice to give yourself enough time to enjoy the views and allow for at least 5.

hiking
14 days ago

Took this hike the morning after it snowed. Crampons weren’t necessary, but trail can be slick. Definitely dress appropriately (layers and boots) as the temperature drops on the way up and the wind can be quite brutal.

The trailhead says it’s ~2.5 miles up making it about 5 miles out and back, but my Fitbit read 7.4 from the parking lot to the top and back. We may have gone past the actual “lookout” point though and up to the antennas/radio post at the very top of the peak.

hiking
17 days ago

One of the most amazing experiences! Love the hike. Very hard as I was not in such good shape.
I loved the 360 degree views this place has to offer. It was cold in the morning and evening... but as we got to the top the sun shined on us and kept us warm... Not to mention the activity.
Highly recommended to train prior as much as possible and be prepared for the high elevation effect!

Decent hike and a great workout. Nice to have so close to the city.

Not too awesome of a trail but it’s so close to the city which is really nice.

hiking
23 days ago

My wife and I hiked this yesterday, December 27, 2018. We started at 9:45 and finished by 6. To our knowledge we were the only folks up there all day. It was quite an experience and I want to share a few tips / things we learned.

First, make sure you hike with good weather. For us, the weather was pretty gnarly. The high at the base was in the 20's which was actually great, but the summit was below zero (not counting windchill) and there were 40 mph winds. We had about 4 upper-body layers each and used 3 on the summit and were pretty comfortable temperature wise. However, the visibility was 15 yards max above the treeline and snow drifts made the trail harder to follow. Bad visibility and a blizzard made the last 1.5 ish miles extremely unpleasant and honestly pretty dangerous. We got to the summit at 3:30ish. We snapped a photo but then left to try and beat nightfall.

Second, if you're doing a winter ascent, wear crampons!!! I would recommend Kahtoola K10's since they work with any pair of normal hiking boots. I would not try it with yaktrax or microspikes. You don't need special winter boots but I'm sure they wouldn't hurt.

Third, find a way to keep your food and water warm. Our insulated CamelBak lines froze above the treeline so our insulated nalgene was all we had to drink on the way down. Our food also froze, so keep that in mind. Throwing a hand warmer in a sock with a Clif bar would have probably worked well, looking back.

Fourth, eat before you're hungry and drink before you're thirsty. Those two things are the best way to prevent altitude sickness if you're not used to higher elevation.

Overall, it went alright but we were pretty mentally beat up by the end. Neither of us actually got sick or any kind of frostbite which was. That said, the trip could have easily been a disaster with the conditions. There were a few spots on the saddle where the snow drifts just dropped off. Sheesh.

I just want to stress that you shouldn't do it in a sub-zero blizzard unless you really know what you're doing. We actually lost the trail below the treeline on the descent because the snow drifts hid our tracks and we lost the yellow ribbon markers. Ended up walking down the ski slope instead which was actually a blessing haha.

Hope this helps and good luck!

The majority of the trail is pretty bland if you do the whole loop. Good for running as there’s no challenges along the trail. It gets an extra star for the cool waterfall but the surrounding area in flagstaff is a bit trashy. Not an ideal place for a hike in the wilderness. You’d be better suited driving a short distance out of town to the mountains.

Hiked dec 19, not much snow on the ground. Trail is easy to follow. For the first few miles it’s just a nice stroll through the forest the last half you get some elevation gain till you reach the peak. Beautiful views of Humphrey and the Grand Canyon.

had to pay attention to the trail because it was not too well marked but it was not too hard and good exercise.

Awesome and easy
Take a jacket in summer and of course a good light

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorites that can be extended to other trails. Tried to hike it today only to find lots of mud and slush from the trailhead to the AZ trail 1 mile marker. If you keep going farther, you’ll be greeted with ice that you could sled, skate, or slip down easily! I’m hoping to try again once winter passes. 12/18/18

12/8/2018 - My 86th hike to the top was great. I started at @7:30am and the trail was frozen and icy so I wore my Kahtoola Microspikes all the way up. Lot of snow halfway up however the trail was easy and well packed from previous hikers.
Warning! There's a big dead tree laying across the trail @10-15 min after the trail t's off (at the top of Fatman's Loop). It looks precarious and ready to slide further down. If that happened, I'd hate to be below! I'm reporting it to the Forestry Service because it's a definite hazard. I'll include a photo here. Because of the snow, it took me 1:25 to reach the top (not counting 3 short breaks) I've hiked it as fast as 1:10 in better conditions.

What a gorgeous trail! I loved the aspens and the green meadows. A hike that's well worth the effort.

Very challenging hike but the view at the top is worth it.

hey Sean, you didn't mess up on the recording, that's where u slid down the peak after that ice ledge gave out.. 1 mile airtime lol

I hiked it on December 1st 2018. I was the only car in the parking lot when I started at 7 a.m. and fairly cold but not windy. I took my first break at the CableBondage Switchback.. it goes sharp right. my second break was at the iron Gate, the Switchback that goes sharp left and a great view of the Lookout Tower. then, depending on your pace, you're at the top in 30 to 40 minutes and a Grandview!! it was sunny at the Summit but there was a bitter cold wind of @20 miles an hour and I had to put on all my layers except my ski mask. I took refuge behind the solar panel building which blocked the wind. it's a great hike with a lot of geology and lava flows but it's a long one.

Hiked on 12/5/18 - It's pretty easy, only a 620' elevation gain (Source: Flagstaff Trails Map) from the parking lot to the top of the loop (where the Mt.Elden trail T's off) so I hike the Loop clockwise, then counterclockwise.
I've now hiked the Double Loop 68 times, Humphreys Peak 4 times, Mt Elden 85 times, O'Leary Peak 51 times, Bill Williams Mt 5 times, Kendrick Peak 7 times, Lockett Meadows-Inner Basin trail hikes 5 times, Sandy Seep to Heart Trail to Mt Elden and back 2 times. Also a bunch of Caves Crater hikes.
I never really hiked much before I moved to Flagstaff in August of 2013. I spend @4 months out of every year in the Altered State of California. Cheers!

hiking
1 month ago

So much fun! Not that cold, wore a flannel over my tank and had longer leggings on. I love that there’s a loop.

Bring gloves and sturdy boots. It’s tough to navigate your way around the boulders without a headlamp-Be careful!

on Humphrey's Peak

1 month ago

Easy day. The saddle was the worse part.

Ps. You’ll need micro spikes in the winter months if you don’t want to fall.

A very nice short 1-1.5 hour hikes. Trails can be confusing so pay attention to where it is most trafficked. Rocks are steep and I recommend at the intersection going right instead of left. That will save you. Rocks are slippery.

Great trail and a lot of potential to go even longer with other connecting trails. So it could be a short hike to a few hour one depending on what you want to do.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 11/11/18. Microspikes are a necessity. Not an overly difficult trail, but there were substantial sections of packed snow/ice before and after the saddle. Ran into a few college kids in cotton hoodies at about 10,500' who had already taken quite the tumble down the hillside and were turning back. Wind was ~45mph at the summit (forecast) and cold - maybe 15°F or less. I managed to keep my hydration pack line from freezing until about the saddle with frequent sips, but after the saddle it promptly froze. I brought a bottle as well; you should too.

I flew in from an elevation of 900' the day before, and spent the night in Flagstaff. After 11,000', my pace slowed drastically as I huffed and puffed for air. Expect to slow down a lot if you're not used to the elevation. There are a few false peaks, so don't get your hopes up. The views at the summit are definitely worth it. Very glad I went. Started at 9am, reached the summit at 2pm, and finished about 20 minutes before sunset at 5:30 pm.

Walking in the clouds was unforgettable!

Great trail. Some fun spots with rocks to climb as well.

hiking
2 months ago

It's definitely longer than .4 miles. Cave is pretty large in some areas and really low in others. The ground is incredibly uneven. Do not attempt without a light source, do not rely on a cell phone. At the very end, there is a tiny opening where you can squeeze through into another small area.

On 11/17/2018 (7am) l hiked to the summit. For being mid-november, it was an awesome weather day! There was very little to no wind at the Summit plus it was t-shirt weather. My guess it was a weather fluke (the mountain weather report had predicted strong winds and 8 degree windchill factor at The Summit)

My advice is to bring crampons, they will be needed! If not, wear ice hockey protection and tie a pillow to your butt haha! but seriously, the ice in the last couple miles is treacherous and the last mile has a lot of snow, ice, Scree and Talus. Yaktraxs are okay but I recommend Kahtoola Microspikes. They gave me excellent traction on the ice and also on the occasional rocky, dirt with roots - spots. They cost $52+tax at REI and were worth it! Especially going downhill, where most butthurt occurs haha.

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