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Humphreys Peak is a 10.5 mile heavily 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 3,353 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky
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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. Since the snow cover and lack of signage can make navigation difficult, it is recommended that you use the app's recorder feature to avoid getting lost. First section in the woods is all rocks and roots, watch your knees and ankles on the way down (hiking poles highly recommended). At the top there are several false summits and a decent amount of loose rock. Up past the treeline is usually very windy and exposed, use sunscreen. Afternoon storms are common in the late summer.

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Flagstaff: Drive north on US 180 for 7 miles to FR 516, the Snow Bowl Road. Drive 7.4 miles on this paved road to the lower parking lot of the Snow Bowl facility. The trailhead is located at the north end of the parking lot.

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Marcus Landeros
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScrambleSnow

Had mild snow conditions. Snow covered most all the trail, but lightly. The saddle and further were snowed and iced. Very windy. Very cold. The hike itself was strenuous but not so bad as it seems. A lot of level ground to walk to give a break between the steep climbs. The trail is very long and took me from sunrise to sunset (allowing for breaks and viewings). Gorgeous array of forest till you reach the tundra at the saddle. The views are absolutely incredible and will leave you in awe. Especially around season change for the trees. Saw almost no one on a day like today (Monday, October). The best hike I have done to date. Be very prepared. Take it seriously and you will be rewarded. Burned about 5,000 calories in total for the day.

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noah nicholas
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I loved the hike and the trail wasn’t as bad as everyone said. Although today it was very windy and freezing near the saddle. There was also ice chunks flying in the wind. Overall great hike, bad day to try it. Make sure to bring gloves!!! Your hands will be freezing.

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Katie Buchalski
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Very windy and cold above treeline. I don’t think many people made it past the saddle or up to the summit today

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ronnie harrison
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Hiking

Fairly challenging trail! The peak was windy and it was a rewarding view! Feels great when you’re done too haha. Be careful with the wind at the top especially. The steepness mixed with winds and rocks can quickly turn into a painful situation. I saw about 20-30 people in all. Great hike

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Jeremy Ecton
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Incredible hike. Summited at sunrise which was amazing. Filmed the experience in 4k. Can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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Valeria C
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We were so close to the top but the winds were blowing up to 60mph and it was starting to snow! This was on October 25, 2020! Started about 9:30am and finished about 1pm

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Corey Komarec
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Amazing hike although the alpine section was grueling. Winds between 60-70 mph at the peak made for a treacherous journey. Overall, great hike and will be back!

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Firas Haddadin
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Jes W
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Ammon Hatch
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Israel Duarte
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HikingGreat!Rocky

BE PREPARED. This is a long hike about 6-8 hours depending on your stamina. The trail initially begins in the forest by the Snow Bowl and ends in a rocky tundra where it can get really windy and cold depending on the time of the year.

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Mr. Trapezius
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Mountain bikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail. Loved the change in scenery. One thing I’ll say it’s difficult especially for the average person. We managed to reach the top in just 3.5 hours. But the whole trail took about 6, almost 7 hours. Be prepared and do not underestimate the weather. As we went in the fall where it was VERY windy and cold, so bring the proper attire

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Hatti Ternes
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Terra Frost
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Ianet Molina
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Dan-and Edney
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Amazing!!

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Kevin S
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HikingGreat!

One of the more rewarding hikes in Flagstaff. Above 11,000 feet above sea level, the wind was kicking up and it was blustery cold. Be sure to take some layers for the cold weather. The payoff at the summit was worth the effort. Definitely deserves 5 stars.

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Blain DeWitt
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A lot of fun, a lot of wind, and a lot people

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Joe Wentling
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Long day Windy at the top

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Diana A.
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HikingRockyScramble

This is such a challenging hike. The first 3 miles are moderate and if you keep a slow and steady pace it’s easy to get adjusted to the elevation. By the time you finally reach the saddle, that’s when the real challenge begins. The wind was cold and unrelenting. Trekking poles are a must if you want to not be knocked down. I almost lost my balance a few times even with the poles. You’re going to think about quitting, but you’re more than halfway through so take your time, catch your breath, and take it one step at a time. Reaching the summit gives you such a great feeling of accomplishment. Lots of friendly and encouraging people on the trail

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Corey Schneider
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Hard but steady incline. Heavy wind up top. Very helpful to track on AllTrails because there are some unclear spots

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Matthew Salkovitz
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Hiked this 10/3/20. I was not as thrilled with this trail as my expectations led me. For being the highest peak in AZ, it’s a rather unexciting hike. I camped out the night before a few miles down in the dispersed camping area. Started around 8am from the parking lot. Do not listen to the signs saying it is 4.5 miles to the peak. It is about 4.5 miles to the saddle before the peak. Those miles are pretty much a series of endless switchbacks traversing then side of the mountain. There are various points where you poke out of the forest but until the saddle, it’s mostly shaded and under trees. After those 4.5 miles you reach the Humphries peak saddle. Definitely a good spot for lunch or to reconvene before the peak. Great views as well so a worthy spot to turn around if the hike or elevation has gotten to you at that point. From here it’s only about a mile to the summit but don’t let that fool you. There isn’t much of a trail so that mile is climbing over rocks and scrambling around precarious drops. I fell and cut myself several times. The last hundred feet to the summit are a total scramble with zero trail but the views from the summit are worth the pain. I could see the GC, the meteor crater and even a glimpse of the petrified forest. You really do have almost a 270 degree unobscured view which was worth the 5.5 miles of pain. I took diamox prior but know this summit is at 12500 plus feet so if elevation is your kryptonite, this may not be the trail for you. Got back to trailhead around 2pm with 11 miles round trip. Not a bad hike but that last mile definitely makes this a 4 star and not a 5 star hike. Happy hiking y’all.

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Emily B
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