hiking
8 hours ago

My fiance and I did this hike yesterday starting at 8:40am, which I would recommend (or earlier) even on an overcast and moderate temperature day. The reason this is helpful has to do with the thinner air and the greater exposure to the sun when you are above the tree line and above 11,000 ft. At 2.5hrs into the hike, you are under the midday sun and this really saps anyone's energy, including seasoned athletes. The trail is moderately difficult as far as foot placement, so a high-top shoe is a good option for those who don't have extremely strong ankles from years of hiking. I would also bring at least 300-500 calories of fast absorbing carbohydrates and eat on the way up to avoid a drop in blood sugar, since most of the climb will push people beyond their aerobic ability. Wear a hat, sunglasses, apply sunscreen, and all the usual attire for this trail as the weather changes fast. We in fact saw early morning sun shine, then light rain on the top and way down, then sleet for 30 min, then full on hail for the last 15 minutes. We hot-footed it on the way down to try to beat the hail, but that didn't happen. On a facility note, do not plan to use the port-o-potties if you are squeamish, because I tried and it had in it more disgusting things than I should describe here. This is one of the most beautiful trails I have been on in Arizona however, with spectacular views. This trail also can be done by many ability levels if taken slowly (say 6 hours slowly for 4.8 miles). If you're pushing I'd say 2.5 hours would be a running/speed walking pace, then 4 hours would be average for athletic people, and 5 is a general population pace.

Great little hike near town. Love it.

hiking
23 hours ago

Gonna do it again. Spectacular views. Just breathtaking. Took 5 hours for round trip. Underestimated and under prepared in lot of fronts. Thought going to be cooler and took 2 Ltrs water and was so dehydrated and started having altitude sickness. Trail head not have water or I can see, have Ports porties. Start real early so you can be back to saddle before noon. At least 3 spots where trail is very misleading. Hope people start respecting the trail and not go off path so much.

hiking
1 day ago

Started at 8:30am and had beautiful weather and temperatures for late June. The trail is strenuous, especially past the saddle as you scramble on loose rock. I had to stop a few times to get acclimated to the altitude as I gained elevation. The views from the peak are highly rewarding and the bugs are relentless. My GPS clocked in at 10 miles from the parking lot with an elevation gain of 3776 feet. It took me 4:42 to complete at a brisk pace up, and some run/walking on the smoother sections on the way down. I went through 3 liters of water, a bag of beef jerky, and probably swallowed a gnat or two at the peak.

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

This is definitely a beast. The altitude is what really adds to the challenge as the air and oxygen get thin. It's constantly uphill and we clocked it at 10.5 miles. We completed the round trip in just under six hours but definitely stopped and had snacks. That said, take the breaks and pace yourself, especially at the top. We brought the dog and there were not many on the trail, but make sure you keep them on leash. Definitely checking this hike off the bucket list. One of the best hikes in AZ for sure!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

As stated by others, this is a very challenging hike, the 'hard' rating is legitimate in every respect, noting two main aspects; 1) the relentless elevation gain and 2) the rocky trail bed itself. These are the main contributors to the difficulty rating. Also recommend leaving early if you plan to take frequent breaks as we did, as in our case we deferred the last push to summit due to a desire to get off the mountain by 4P or so. This hike is certainly doable, just be prepared, really take your time if not used to the altitude and get ready for some striking views as you climb.

hiking
4 days ago

This was an incredible challenge and yet people who aren't avid hikers can complete it. Definitely recommend going EARLY. Can get very windy at the top with little to know warning. I pushed myself to use this as a workout seeing as how it's too hot in Phoenix. I was able to make it to the top in 2h 10min. The bugs at the top were in abundance.

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

. Amazing place. It took me 7 hours for the whole trip, up and down and also few little breaks. Started at 9am and got back at 4pm. Very nice and quiet place. There were just a billion mosquitoes that were trying to suck the blood out of me while hiking. Also by the time I got down my left leg was hurting and I also got a sun burn. Idk how, when I was under the trees all day and at the top was still freaking cold. But I loved it. Totally do it again. But next time I'll bring some spray to kill the damm mosquitoes.

hiking
5 days ago

According to my Fitbit it was 12 miles in 5:54 hours. Drove up from Phoenix in the morning and started at the trail around 9am. Kept moving but took lots of short breaks to catch my breath. The unbelievable amount of gnats at the top made me turn around and walk straight back down (they were everywhere; in my hair and jacket and under my sunglasses - ick). The small rocks and dirt make the down a lot more difficult and slow than the up. I would hike to the saddle again but not the peak just due to the slipping and sliding coming back down.

on Humphrey's Peak

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

i have completed this hike a couple of times in the distant past and i am happy to say today's trek was as enjoyable as those prior.

hiking
8 days ago