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Summited 10am July 14, 2018.

Started at sunrise. I drank 3.5 L of water, and used my fleece, beanie, mittens, and rain jacket as elevation increased. Very challenging and rewarding experience. My iPhone clocked 13.7 miles from parking lot to summit and back. The 1.5 miles from saddle to summit is completely exhausting.

I read on hiking sites to summit, or turn around by 10 am during monsoon season. Sleet and thunder started just after I summited at 10am. Very dangerous and scary to be above tree line in these conditions. Everyone scrambled as fast as possible to get below tree line. Once below tree line I was shocked people were still ascending!

I was disappointed at the unprepared hikers risking their own safety and the safety of first responders. Do not underestimate the dangers of a 12,000+ foot mountain! Come prepared and respect the power of Mother Nature. Its easy to understand why it’s such a sacred site for so many Native American tribes.

Great work out. Amazing environment! Friendly fellow hikers!

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1 day ago

Did this hike today 7/14/18. Started at 6:30 am and arrived at the top at 9:30 am. Spent 18 minutes there and made it back in 2 hours. Weather was overcast and about 58°. Ground was wet from the recent rain fall which allowed the forest service to open the forest on 7/11/18. There was low clouds the entire day and could not see anything at the top. A rain cell was moving in so I got off the top just in time for a good rain to begin. It rained the entire rest of the hike back. I brought 2.5 liters H2O and drank 1.5 liters. I brought way to much food also. It was a difficult hike but the weather helped reduce my need for water and food. Start early to avoid thunderstorms. I also think poles are a good choice for the unstable footing at the top but I’m 59 years old and need them.

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2 days ago

I came into this hike not knowing much about it. I'm hiking Mt Whitney for the first time in a few weeks (bucket list) and I needed some altitude training, having lived in Phoenix for a while now. I definitely underestimated how long it would take- my guess was 5 hours, it took 7.5 (breaks included). Between the effects of the elevation and the rocky, sometimes hard to navigate trail, it slowed me down quite a bit. But what a pleasant surprise- the forest is beautiful and hiking along the ridge above the treeline is a fun, unique experience with fantastic views! (Remember: 3 false peaks!) I sucked down 3.5L of water incredibly fast and had to hike the last 3 miles back without any- it wouldn't surprise me if it was a bit longer than 9.2 miles. I didn't have signs of altitude sickness- and I think that drinking a lot of water and eating helped me. I left Phoenix at 2:15 AM, and ate a big, carby breakfast at the local Flagstaff all night drive through, and was on the trail by 5 AM. Like I said, I didn't know a lot about this trail, but I knew that thunderstorms tended to happen in the afternoon, especially on a mountain this big. Getting there early turned out to be a really good move, as it absolutely opened up with stinging hail on the hike back down, just below the tree line. A later start would have put me at risk for a lightning strike up top. As my elevation dropped, it switched to rain but it never stopped. Definitely wear a good pair of hiking boots as there are a lot of opportunities to slip and fall- and I did fall once on the way back. But overall, wow! What a fantastic surprise! I was just looking for some altitude training, but the truth is Humphrey's peak offers a beautiful, challenging hike on it's own and I'll definitely be back soon.

It may be perfect for kids but I was there at 545am and it looked like a shopping mall. Phoenix has lots of other locations unless you have kids go there.

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4 days ago

spectacular

Good workout. Nice views of the city.

Pretty easy to be honest if you've hiked Camelback. Stairs pretty much the whole time besides the beginning, steep in most areas. Good hike, very pretty at top. Up and down in 1.5 hours.

Great hike for leg day!!! It’s pretty crowded so get there early if you want a good spot close to the trail!

Challenging hike with beautiful views.

One of the tougher trails in the Tucson area. The cooler option hangs a left and back-countriez up to the gaurd above finger rock.

What a beautiful, challenging trail overlooking Phoenix and the surrounding mountains. The fellow hikers were some of the friendliest I’ve encountered.

This is a great hike if your just looking for leg day which is cool but it’s a little short and overly designed for my taste. Very intense incline and worth while view at the top

Beautiful hike. Great trail for a steady incline run.

26 days ago

Still closed as of 06/19/18
I live across the street and see people getting turned away.

Perfect morning hike. I always get a good breeze at the top, no matter the time of day or month. I love it.
Stay along trail, anything else is unsafe. Plenty of water if starting late, you exhaust easily because it's so steep.

This is a wonderfully hard and satisfying uphill hike! It is 10 miles total. I’ve never seen horses on this trail nor would it be a good trail for them. 4,200’ of elevation gain.

Incredibly beautiful trail but All Trails messed up big time on this one. Just read Cati Piorkowski’s review from 2017. She explains perfectly. Basically, this is 12.6 miles and *difficult*, not 7.8 miles, nor moderate as stated here. That’s two major errors. Folks are planning trips around the info provided here. This hike takes the better part of the day to complete. We ran out of water and, ending with the western portion of the loop, the incline was so steep and so tough. The fact that it was a June afternoon didn’t help, but I’m young and athletic and my body was just beat after this hike. In the summer, start at dawn and carry at least two liters H2O.

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1 month ago

Stopped in Flagstaff to try to hike Humphreys Peak for a Highpoint on our way to the NFPA Convention in Las Vegas only to fine the National Forest and trail closed. Here is the link to the trail to check the status before you make your trip. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recreation/recarea?recid=55108&actid=50.

Great views of the city, and challenging vertical hike

Did this trail a yr ago and damn it’s a hard trail but so well worth it,, sad there was no water running like last yr!!

Great trail, but definitely longer than listed. Be sure to have extra water and sunscreen this time of year (June) as there are some long stretches without shade and some steep inclines. Views are stunning.

Great trail. Love the views from the top. See if you can find the helicopter landing area off of the switchback portion of the trail.

I think this is a much more enjoyable hike than Camelback. Still a beast but terrain is more consistent.

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1 month ago

Did it on a thanksgiving 2016 with friends. It had at least 2ft of snow on the peak, it was really challenging since we were wearing just random sneakers, it took us all day to go up and down. The views were just amazing

Started at 6:30 and took 48oz of water. It wasn’t enough. I could have used 64. That said the climb is tough but worth it at the top. I was slowest guy on the trail I think. I saw one guy who was running it and did it twice at least. It is very busy. You are never out of sight of people. I met an 83 year old who has been doing it for 43 years.

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1 month ago

I was lucky enough to be able to do the hike on a perfectly clear day with virtually no snow or ice at the top despite single digit wind-chill temps at the summit. The hike is essentially steep continuous switchbacks until the very end. In itself, that shouldn't be a problem for anyone in relative shape, but this is a high-altitude hike, which means the air gets much thinner as you gain. The last mile above the tree line is where this is particularly noticeable, and anyone who has not experienced high-altitude hiking before may have a good amount of trouble after this point.

That aside, the views throughout are gorgeous and the summit is breathtaking. Highly recommend.

Great workout for a hike! It basically stairs all the way to the top. An incline and elevation gain of a little over 1,000ft! Beautiful views of the valley day and night. It’s a favorite spot!

Great trail some tough spots but worth the effort
Very busy trail lots of dogs
We did this hike last week was open then

hiking
1 month ago

Arrived to snow bowl road today and kissed closure sign. Please WATCH FOR CLOSURES despite statement on this site about availability all year round

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