Matt wrote:The view from this summit is one of the finest in the land. Peaks in CO, even ones with more prominence (like Elbert) don't offer the expansive, endless 360 degree views that peaks like Humphreys can.
+1. I've never climbed (hiked) it, but in driving around the southwest you can see it from EVERYWHERE.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_the_most_isolated_major_summits_of_the_United_States
6000' of prominence connects it to its line parent to the eastish, in the San Juans. But it has huge (6000'+) local rise in all directions. Try to pick a clear day.
Visibility was a problem the day I hiked it. A recent snowstorm was clearing out, but most of the panorama was obscured by summit clouds, a frequent occurrence on these peaks.
On the other hand as you drive, these peaks are visible from these AZ points: from I-17 south of Cape Verde; from the east on I-40 near Holbrook, and from the north on the Kaibab Plateau north of the North Rim, Grand Canyon. From the west they may be viewed on I-40 between Williams and Ash Fork, but maybe someone else has seen them farther west than this. Also if you come from Four Corners you can see them on US 160 between Cow Springs and Tonalea TP, more than 80 miles distant.
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