| Arizona high point w/ no wind
Humphreys Peak - 12,633ft. Arizona's High Point
Standard route via Snowbowl
9.6 miles and around 3,400ft elevation gain
Possibly the first wiener dog to ever make it up a mountain
Spent some time in Arizona last weekend visiting a friend and wanted to avoid the 115 degree heat of Phoenix, so we packed up the Camry and headed North towards Flagstaff for some milder weather.
We were kind of winging it, since our original plan to head over to Havasupai fell apart and Stacey had already done Humphreys Pk earlier in the month, but surprisingly, she insisted we do it again. I had attempted it years ago with my brother, but we were turned around at the saddle due to nasty weather.
After a pitcher of beer and a buffalo chicken sandwich at the Flagstaff Brewery, we headed for he AZ Snowbowl and set up camp in a meadow right at the trailhead.
We were treated with a cool sunset.....
Alarm went off around 6am, we hit the trail about a hour later. It was kind of weird starting out at the bottom of a ski lift with no snow on the ground, but 75% of this hike is done below treeline, something to be prepared for.
Entering the wilderness boundary....
We had brought along Stacey's Doxin (wiener dog) Oscar and we wondered if this little chode would make it to the top. Amazingly, Oscar, the stubborn little bastard, made it to within 300 feet of the summit, where we took turns carrying him, didn't complain once and made it all the way back down, with some red paws to boot. I don't think I'll ever own a Doxin, but they are tough for sure.
Nearing the saddle, you get some solid looks at the upper sections of the Snobowl, which surprisingly looks like it has some solid tree skiing.
We reached the saddle around 11,900ft with a nice view of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness to the East.....
Heading South from the saddle, we pushed on towards one of the false summits and were greeted with a view to the East with some nasty looking weather....
But we only had this much left to go....
So we continued, luckily the weather never really engulfed us, just flirted around the majority of the day.
On the summit
The descent was pretty uneventful. We got back to the car and made way for Sedona to meet a friend (del_sur) for some beers at the Oak Creek Brewery. We parted ways and headed back to the desert. This is one of those hikes that you might as well do if you have the time and are in the area. It definately has a Colorado type feel to it, the weather is a lot cooler than further South obviously and nearby Sedona has some decent day hikes off rt.89A. The views are the appeal and if you look closely on a clear day, you can see the Grand Canyon.
Some shots of West Fork day hike we did around Sedona en route to Flagstaff.
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