Humphrey's Peak

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Humphrey's Peak is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3343 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

snow

Humphreys Peak is the highest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet and one of the most scenic viewpoints in the San Francisco Peaks. On clear days hikers can see the Grand Canyon from the summit. The alpine forest trail is located just north of Flagstaff. This is a strenuous rocky trail with over 3,000 feet elevation gain. Humphreys Trail is open year round but snow can make the hike difficult during the winter months.

2 days ago

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

hiking
9 days 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
16 days 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
18 days 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.

22 days ago

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
23 days 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
23 days 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.

27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

5/21/18

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

Nice trail, very windy’

hiking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this last Sunday 5/13/18. Trail was clear. No snow left.
As many others reported, it is easy to lose the trail at some points, but well signed the last mile up. Also, I don’t think it’s 9.2 miles, more like 10.5. It was a little windy at the top as one can expect. Nothing unmanageable. A wind jacket did it for me. For the most part it’s nicely shaded, until you past the tree line and start the saddle, then you are exposed for the last 1,000 ft or so.
Elevation gain is nice and smooth and views are stunning. Very friendly, helpful and respectful people on the trail!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, with fast strenuous elevation change throughout

ALERT. Some of the switchbacks are near game trails which are misleading and can cause one to go astray. Especially the one at 10840 has a straight ahead looking path - rule of thumb, if you have to clamber over excess rocks or timber fall, probably NOT the trail. Is generally clearly evident except for those caveat. Great views, not sure if it's three or four false summits but as long as you prepare yourself for them it's fine

hiking
1 month ago

An excellent trail with absolutely unbeatable views. Strenuous hike especially if you aren't used to higher altitudes, but worth the trek. Would highly suggest ensuring warm layers for the top because snow was present even mid fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Strenuous trail for sure. Upper 2/3 of the trail had some snow, but we were able to do it just fine without spikes. Snow was melting quickly. Beautiful views from the top. You must mentally push through the 3 false summits before the actual summit.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, very difficult at the top with snow. Went up 5/4/18 and still very much covered in snow

1 month ago

absolutely amazing, did a winter climb very very hard but worth it in the end

1 month ago

I hiked Humphrey’s peak several years back with several friends. I really enjoyed the hike although a lightning storm curtailed our views at the top to only a few minutes - especially after hearing about a teenager killed the previous week by lightning near the summit.

On the way up we missed the last hairpin to the right and instead crossed a massive boulder field/rock slide. We obviously lost the trail at that point and just decided to hike towards the top. After 30-45 mins and some head scratching we came across a crash site of a US Army Airforce B-24 Bomber crash site. The plane crashed on Sept 15, 1944 during a training mission killing all 8 crew members. It was pretty surreal. Mostly metal is all that remains a nice US flag memorial was erected. After sometime at this site we continued the journey straight up the mountain and back onto the trail about 45 mins from the top.

Enjoy the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

A great way to get up high quickly. The trail is pretty easy going, but currently suffers from an abundance of icy snow making things slippy!

hiking
2 months ago

It was very icy when we went. Took us about 8 hours to get up and down with one person getting altitude sickness at the top.

Go slow to avoid hurting yourself and if you feel the altitude hitting you please descend! It’s not worth putting yourself in a bad situation.

Overall this hike was worth it for the fews. I shed a tear at the top and enjoyed every second of it.

hiking
2 months ago

Current trail conditions are still rough, but doable. There is still a lot of snow the further you get up. Some of it is waist deep if you take a wrong step. When you hit the 11,400 sign, things get much worse. Without snowshoes, you pretty much have no choice but to go up straight up the scree field until you hit the saddle. Doing so, makes this section of the hike the most difficult. When you hit the saddle, take a hard left and head for the false summits until you hit the true summit. Although relatively easy, it was super windy, but no snow to deal with unlike the forest. Beautiful day on the top with the exception of the wind (4/7/2018).

hiking
2 months ago

Current trail conditions are not great between 11,200 and 11,800. When you reach the sign that says “Hiking off trail prohibited” near 11,300 ft or so, your best choice is to, well, go off trail. There were literally no footprints at all on the proper part of the trail past this point (now there’s 3 ft deep holes from where I and a few other hikers tried to follow the proper trail). What you should see above the sign is a long set of footprints heading straight up. This has become the current trail, and unless you have snowshoes, follow this. Stay on the snow to avoid damage to ground surface and plants. The straight section eventually hits the upper part of the real trail again, and you take this to the left (north) for a 5-10 min hike to the saddle. Gaiters or tight cinching pants are helpful for this section. From the saddle onwards, first false summit has a few tough sections with snow (I had a 30 lb pack with skis which made all the snowy parts more difficult, hiking light or with no pack would be a lot easier obviously), but after that the trail is pretty clear. Winds were 50-60 mph at the summit yesterday (4/2/18)

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to follow trail with firm snow in the AM until the 11,400ft sign. Then I followed a glissading track straight up ( but you could make your own switchbacks), could get confusing in spots if you'd never been up before. The wooden posts were helpful past the saddle. As usual, Mountain-forecast website was unfortunately spot on with their prediction of 40+mph winds at the top. This was my 3rd time hiking Humphrey's in the snow and have never felt the need for my ice axe until I was at the top with those winds! :) I didn't encounter any terrain requiring traction (microspikes etc). Happy to have had my gaiters for the occasional postholing in afternoon snow. Highly recommend with the right preparation!

hiking
3 months ago

There's a lot of snow right now. During the switchbacks it gets to about 2-3 feet deep. It's a lot of fun but be prepared to trudge along on those switchbacks until you reach the saddle. Either way a good challenge and plenty of gorgeous views

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging but amazing hike! make sure to bring lots of water and snacks!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. This was my first time doing this trail and my dog and I made it to the top without much problem. We are both experienced trail runners and hikers and I could see where if you don’t know what you’re in for and not prepared, you probably won’t make it very far

hiking
3 months ago

I was traveling from Cincinnati, OH and was in Arizona doing some hiking so had to try Humphrey's Peak. It was early March (3/5/18) and there had been plenty of snow recently so there was a pretty good covering. The weather was great for hiking (low 30's with plenty of sun) and I ended up with too many layers but was able to make myself comfortable (with a heavy backpack). The trail was easy to follow but had little room for error. If you stepped a little to the side you were a couple feet+ deep in the snow. I passed by another hiker on his way down and he told me he turned around due to the snow conditions towards the top. I kept going and made it a little past the 11,400 marker. At this point the trail (with the deep snow) split into several directions and was less defined. I decided it was time to turn around. It was a great hike and hope to make it to the top next time, hopefully without 3' of snow!

hiking
3 months ago

Conditions were great! Little windy coming up to the peak, very still at the top. Trail was easy to follow for the most part. Definitely recommend micro-spikes and poles!

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