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7 hours ago

Beautiful trail! As others have said, the woodsy smell in the air is incredible. Beautiful aspens and rock formations - i got off trail and went up towards the cliffs and they were gorgeous! Never was able to find the mentioned petroglyphs though :( was really looking forward to that

hiking
11 hours ago

Awesome hike!
Drove up from Mesa yesterday and spent the night. Got super lucky and hit the day with the best weather of the week.
Had some symptoms from the high altitude but that was the only difficult part. Made it to the saddle in 2.5 hours and the last part took me a full hour as I was on my limit. Spent 20 mins at the peak and made it back to my car in 6h15m total.
Definitely not ready for Mount Whitney - but one step closer!

Beautiful trail and nice weather!
Good to get the legs going. Humphrey’s Peak tomorrow!

can't rate this appropriately. we have been planning this hike for over a month. went on their site and nothing mentioned that it was closed. very frustrating and disappointed. we will however come back and conquer this goal.

backpacking
5 days ago

Most outstanding views seen here. Began hiking at 2AM for sunrise & hit it right on the dot. SO worth the early hours!!!

hiking
6 days ago

A fantastic hike. It can get windy and cold at the top, so bring some layers.

hiking
6 days ago

Hiked Humphreys Peak on 7/14/18. Im an avid hiker, 1/2 marathon runner, weight trainer, so I anticipated a 6-7 hour round trip hike based on reviews. So we started the hike around 630a. We anticipated rain, so we looked to start early, and I’m glad we did. Took about 2h45m to reach the top at a steady pace - including a few brief stops for water/snacks. The hike is “moderate” difficulty level, that is until you reach the 4 mile mark, with about a mile to go. Then, the hike then turns into a “difficult” level, as the last thousand or so feet are a burner if you move at a steady pace. Spent about 25 minutes at the top, as it was windy and quite chilly. Headed down, and the rain began, becoming more steady. Time down was around 1h30min - however we ran/jogged a good 80% of the trail down to beat the rain. Total time with all stops was 4h49min. Absolutely beautiful hike. Challenging/fun. Altitude played a minor roll around 11000 ft, most noticeably in the last 1000ft/1 mile. Water intake: Drank about 70 oz of water throughout. Nutrition: I recommend a margarita pizza from “pizzicleta” the night before & a med/light high carb breakfast. Very doable for most experience levels. Definitely recommend starting early during monsoon season. Can wait to do this again in the fall!

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful forested high mountain trail (above 9000’). Windflowers, some of the tallest and thickest aspens you might ever see (and I’ve hiked all over CO, too). Unfortunately we had to turn around due to increasing lighting, but will definitely come back!

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
10 days ago

spectacular

hiking
19 days ago

I've been to the location a dozen times and I've never seen that trail that goes up Rees Peak; I don't think it exists, but I will look for it next time. The hike from Rees to Humphrey's is against the law with a substantial fine. All hiking above tree line, except the Weatherford and Humphrey trail has been closed to protect the San Francisco Groundsel, which only grows on this mountain.

This trail is closed as of 6/28/18 due to fire risks

1 month ago

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
1 month ago

This is a short but nice hike with some mild elevation and changing terrain.

hiking
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 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

hiking
1 month ago

I drove 5 hours to hike this mountain, only to find it was closed (my fault for not checking). I called the forest ranger and he said the entire mountain area is closed for all activities until they receive "a significant amount of moisture". So it could be a while until it reopens.

1 month ago

Winding path through Aspen's, Meadows, Forest, boulders. Remember to smell the woodsy air. The trail is well marked too. It's amazing. we missed petrographs though. we would go back again. We signed in at the trailhead. The sign says we needed a permit until April 15th but we didn't do that since it's 70 degrees, sunny and others were out there. we saw coyote tracks, fox scat but no elk. Maybe next time.

Tried to hike it in 5/25 but there is a ranger turning people around saying it's closed due to fire danger.

hiking
2 months ago

5/21/18

hiking
2 months ago

5/19/18-
Excellent hiking trail and if your looking for a challenging hiking trail then this one should be a your bucket list.
Great views! Well marked trail all the way up. Definately well worth the trip!
4hr way up! 2hr 40min way down!

hiking
2 months ago

Finally Conquered this hike today 5/21/2018. Challenging hike with lots of switch backs. Wore a long sleeve and Klim bubble jacket with a beanie. It was very windy at the top. 9.2 miles is not accurate RT. It was more like 12+ miles. My legs are feeling the workout!

Nice trail, very windy’

hiking
2 months ago

This was a nice, mostly easy hike, and I am in poor health. Went with my 60 yo husband and dog, who was off leash the entire time. We went on a Saturday afternoon around 1 and only saw 2 people going in as we went out. There is one area (around 1/2 mile in, I think) where the trail marker tells you to go to the left, but we only saw some boulders and didn't really see a path, so we kept along what looked like the main trail. We figured out later that that was the part with the petroglyphs. Oops! If you DO skip that little part, the hike is 1.8 miles. Mostly smooth and we were able to walk 2 wide. There were a couple sections with some fallen trees, but were easy to step over. The last 1/2 mile was pretty uphill and I had to stop and rest, but remember I'm in poor health. I'd like to do it again, though!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail yesterday. It is definitely not 9.2 miles, we tracked it at 13.3 out and back. This time of year it is very windy past the tree line so be prepared. Download the map as that helped us not lose the trail. Great hike with awesome views and scenery!

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