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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
15 days ago

Awesome little beginner trail.

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!

Fun to trail run as it’s pretty flat. Not many views.

hiking
21 days ago

Cool piece of history. Not a tough hike but neat nonetheless!

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!

no signs out here anywhere that this trail even exists

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

Great trail for the fall- beautiful colors!

hiking
1 month ago

A great fall hike. Beautiful colors and a great view at the top!

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.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a neat hike for a Sunday afternoon in November. I did appreciate having my jeep to get to the trailhead, it was 6 miles of rackety dirt road, that a regular car would do, but probably have some new rattles afterward. There is no parking pass needed. The parking lot is very clearly marked on the Southside of the road. The hike is a steady incline for most of the way and then becomes much steeper at towards the end with the real climb to the top. We often had to hop on the side of the trail to let fast moving dirt bikes pass by. It was the first time I was able to climb up a mountain and get a view of Flagstaff from above. We passed couples with hiking dogs, along with packs of mountain bikes alone the way.

For those coming from out of town, since half of this trail is tree covered you are in the shade for a long of it. The bits of sunny areas were always welcome. So the notes say it's an 8.3 mile hike but with my navigation it came out to 10.4 miles. The views at the top are gorgeous, and allow views all the way out to the plains in the distance.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

It’s an amazing hike. I could have hiked this in five hours flat easy !!!! Unfortunately ran into a bunch of ice pass the tree-line which slowed me up considerably. Bring crampons if you decide to hike this in the winter. I busted my ass a dozen times lol. Bring ample amount of water at least 2.5 liters.
~Things you need ~

1. A backpack

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with killer views! I hiked it this past weekend as part of my training plan for Mt. Aconcagua in January. I climbed it with ease with 40lbs pack weight and my altitude training mask setting at 12,000ft. My moving time was just over 4hrs. Will easily shave off 30min with knowledge of the route and better planning.

The trail is not difficult at all. The reviews make it sound much more difficult than it really is, which is probably due to the distance and wind people experienced.

Has a good mix of climbing- that is, forest trails, rock trail, and tundra.

This is not a technical trail. It’s a trek needing only minimal equipment.

Do bring:

1. Micro spikes (at minimum) crampons do nicely. -Throw the yak tracks in the trash.
2. Trekking poles
3. Be ready for heavy wind
4. Helmet is a nice touch if you’re climbing solo
5. Warmer gloves than you expect

I highly suggest climbers unfamiliar with layering to seek advice before attempting. The temperature swing from the saddle to the summit is substantial. During my hike there were 45kt (52mph) winds. I saw a few groups of people who were inappropriately dressed and definitely put themselves at risk for frostbite.

All in all, a great mountain to hike and train on. Will do again soon!

Very pretty trail, 1st part has around 450 foot elevation climb then it evens out. We went on a Sunday, not too crowded-very pleasant hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail for people and pups. Went while visiting some friends in the area as an easy afternoon hike and fit the bill perfectly.

Quick easy hike. Not as steep of an incline if you ascend from the north, or dump road trailhead. The caves were cool.

on Campbell Mesa Loop

2 months ago

Brisk morning hike on this easy trail. Puppy dog enjoyed it too.

This trail has it all. Views, elevation, good coverage, rocks, snow & ice. Bring poles and micro spikes. It’s gets very icy and technical after the trail splits at the saddle (11,4000) prior to final ascent to Humphrey’s peak. Not safe without proper gear. Beautiful 360 degree views from the top. Gorgeous sunsets from AZ Snowbowl parking lot of you time it right.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 11/3 still lots of snow and ice but it’s pretty well packed, micro spikes are a must. I’m in pretty good shape and hike constantly, the elevation will kick your butt here, be prepared to go slower than you ever thought you’d need to, especially in the last mile. Last mile is very steep, the wind is serious and brings the chill well below freezing any time of day. Hike is worth every step, views from the top are to die for, Grand Canyon and Sedona can both be seen and it’s a 360 degree view of the world around you.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views but as of 11/2/18 there was too much snow to get to the peak without crampons or microspikes. We were were able to get to the 2nd false peak with just trekking poles and our regular hiking boots but as the temp dropped the snow began to turn too icy for us to continue. If you are going to try to make it to the top without proper equipment (which i do NOT recommend) then make sure you go within the next few days on a WARM day and get to the saddle by noon so that way the snow on the exposed portions of the trail on your way to the peak will be slushy enough for you to really dig in and make it to the top and back before the temp drops at 3/4pm and freezes over making it too dangerous to traverse.

10/26/18 I completed this hike left trail head about 7:30 am and hit the summit around 12:00 pm what a hike their was a lot of snow thankfully I was properly equipped the most rewarding hike I’ve done to date if you can only get to the saddle you would still love the view

I had to dig deep in the mind to finish this one I’m not sure if I want to ever go back this close to November but I will try it in summer

Good hike with some nice views. Easy to moderate. Saw a few tarantulas on the trail. Followed AllTrails map to caves and could not find them. No signage for caves anywhere along the trail.

Trailhead is at the end of the parking lot

hiking
3 months ago

Considerable amount of snow up here on 10/19. Bring poles or an ice ax and wear boots with crampons/microspikes. Post-holed quite a bit near the summit so snowshoes should also be a consideration depending on weather conditions. High winds on the ridge the last mile or so. Hike was 10 miles roundtrip and the views were incredible. I could see both the Grand Canyon and Sedona from the summit. Also, AMS is real. If you’re coming from low elevation spend at least a night in Flagstaff to acclimate. You’ll feel better the day of your hike if you do.

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