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

Fairly easy trail, with beautiful views.

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!

Julie is correct. The Pumpkin Trail is in good shape, but the Bulls Basin Trail hasn't been maintained for quite a while by the looks of it. I spoke with the gentleman at the fire lookout and it's not going to be maintained for the foreseeable future.

As it is located in a Wilderness Area the Forest Service cannot use chainsaws. So the many (75 ish) trees that you have to go over or under or between are going to be there for a long time.

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.

awesome workout with incredible views

Such an underated trail and gives incredible views the whole way up!

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.

This trail is an amazing workout. You start out in pinon/juniper and then steadily climb up to ponderosa pines, firs, and lots of aspen trees at the top! It’s a tough hike but one of my favorites.

trail running
9 days ago

I've lived in Flagstaff nearly my entire life and hadn't ever hiked KP. Due to recent forest closure, it was one of the only options. Loved the trail. It is well maintained and easy to follow. Great view at the top. Did it early in the morning and was never hit by the sun until the very top. Only a handful of people on the trail which surprised me because it was 4th of July. The trailhead was easy to find if even though it is 30-40 minute drive from town.

This hike is open now! I started at a quarter to 6 this morning and didn’t see a soul. I went up Abineau and down Bear Jaw. Since the trail just reopened they haven’t had time to clear up a few fallen trees. They are passable but take caution as you do. I’m glad I went the route I did but the views would’ve been better had I done it the reverse. I saw a ton of deer and even a 6 Point buck (I think that’s how you say it). Very neat! The drive in is fine on the dirt road (I have a low clearance vehicle) but gets dicey when you see the turn off to go onto 9123J. My gps wanted me to continue on 418 but there is a sign that clearly directs you to turn onto 9123J. There are some spots to park immediately on 9123J if you don’t feel like driving on the slightly hairier (big rocks and some puddles but nothing my car couldn’t clear) road but it’ll add about 1.5 miles (round trip). I loved the views here and was glad I went early as the monsoon clouds started rolling in as I was finishing around 9.

hiking
10 days ago

spectacular

I’m a big guy sadly took me 5 hours to get to the top and 3 hours to get down. I went while it was raining but the view is amazing but coming down just dragged

Very interesting that people could live in that environment. Absolutely would take this walk again.

It was a good hike, not too strenuous up the mountain. Missed the caves though. There should be a sign showing the trail to the caves.

hiking moderate and at the top great view of Mount Humphreys

hiking
14 days ago

I read that several people missed the caves. They are not marked. There is a fork in the trail as you near the peak where you can look over the saddle and see houses on the back side. The fork to the left takes you on the main trail on the loop to the highest point. The trail to the right takes you on a short run along the lower ridge toward the West. That is where the caves are. It is a dead end trail. It is a nice hike. The higher altitude makes it harder to get your wind. It’s a good workout.

Very interesting. Someday I’ll make it to the end when I decide to bring 20 flashlights .

17 days ago

Fun activity for the family. Dirt road leading to the cave but a regular sedan can easily drive on it. Bring a jacket. Definitely bring headlights so your hands are free. Bring hiking shoes as you are walking on rocks and many are sharp. I was wearing running shoes and boy I was sorry I didn’t bring my hiking pair. Watch your head in areas where rock is low. You will be busy watching your step and can really hurt your head. If you want to look around just stop first. In some areas you have to really bend over to go through but the overall hike is not hard for any age. We really enjoyed it.

trail running
17 days ago

Absolutely no shade, too sunny for a real run!

hiking
18 days ago

Good workout ! Didn’t like the cinder gravel though

Remember head lamp (you need your hands at times to navigate the rocks) and a warm long sleeve or sweat shirt. Gloves would be nice too

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.

I actually really liked this trail even though we somehow missed the caves. I felt like the hikes were easy enough to follow but I always use the AllTrails App when I go out. We met a few friendly people along the way but it wasn’t too busy. The climb to the summit was a small challenge but you can feel it in your legs. I also saw a snake slithering across the path although it didn’t look like a rattler. It was a nice break from the hot Phoenix heat.

Nice recovery hike!

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