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Humphreys Peak

Postby nyker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:21 am

I am planning on attempting to climb Humphreys Peak in mid/late December:

I was looking for details on route, access, potential avy conditions, etc. There is a good amount of information online which I've found, though not sure how current some of it is.

Which route is preferred: Humphreys Peak Trail (Std), Weatherford Trail, Inner Basin Trail, Dutchman and the West Ridge Route? Any access issues, trail restoration projects, etc?
Seems the standard route is the popular, more traveled approach - assume 9mi roundtrip/+3300ft gain, ballpark?

How is road access in the event of snowfall for any of the above? ...Or road access when dry (dirt road, requiring 4x4 or 2wd/paved?) Are there any gates I need to be aware of that might close once I am parked there?

I heard a permit may be required? (Kachina Peaks Wilderness Access permit)? Is this true?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby Mark A Steiner » Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:49 pm

I hiked nearby Mount Agassiz (12,356') way back in 1986, parked at the Snow Bowl and walked up. There may be other options that may be more challenging. I believe Matt (del Sur) has good info to contribute as he has posted his familiarity with the SF Peaks on previous threads.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby MtHurd » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:14 pm

Took a zoom of Humphries from Little Lakes Peak a couple of months ago. Mark, Agassiz is almost 14,000 ft.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:29 pm

Pretty sure OP is asking about the highpoint of Arizona.

Standard trailhead is near the parking area for the Arizona Snowbowl, so if anything is open in winter, it'll be that.

I did it in October of 2004. Road to the Snowbowl is well-graded, no fees.

I'd say it's harder than Wheeler NV and easier than Wheeler NM. Class 1 in any event.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby RyGuy » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:33 pm

MtHurd wrote:Took a zoom of Humphries from Little Lakes Peak a couple of months ago. Mark, Agassiz is almost 14,000 ft.
Humphries.jpg

nyker is referring to the highpoint of Arizona, Humphrey's Peak. Not the CA peak, "Mount Humphreys".
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby Mark A Steiner » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:54 pm

ACERyGuy007 wrote:
MtHurd wrote:Took a zoom of Humphries from Little Lakes Peak a couple of months ago. Mark, Agassiz is almost 14,000 ft.
Humphries.jpg

nyker is referring to the highpoint of Arizona, Humphrey's Peak. Not the CA peak, "Mount Humphreys".

Still a beautiful picture though. The highest point in AZ is not that spectacular ... but is in its own way.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby MtHurd » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:58 pm

Ahhhh, sorry! :lol: Here's the California Agassiz I was referring too not too far from the California Humphries.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby nyker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:14 pm

Thanks guys.

I heard that climbing Agassiz was not permitted these days? That still the case?

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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby TravelingMatt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:21 pm

nyker wrote:Thanks guys.

I heard that climbing Agassiz was not permitted these days? That still the case?


Haven't heard that, but there are two well-known peaks named Agassiz in California and another in Utah. The other California one is near Tahoe (and I have climbed it).

So that's two Humphreys, two Wheelers and three Agassizes in this thread. When do we get to discuss all the Grizzlies?
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby ebnhils » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:22 pm

The trail head starts at the snowbowl ski area so the road trip is plowed. When I climbed it in December of 07 I parked in the upper lot then crossed the ski run to the start of trail. I followed the standard trail to an area called the flying dutchman which is an old rock slide, I followed that strait up to the ridge and then the ridge to the summit. There is some avy danger on this mountain but you should be able to avoid most of it. When I climbed it in 07 it was one of one of the heavier snow year, the snow was deep in the trees but there was a somewhat packed trail. The only spot that gave me concern was the area between the trees and the ridge, a lot of the snow was blown of and had exposed rocks. Check out www.kachinapeaks.org there may be current snow pack and avy info. There use to be a map of known avy paths and a forum you could get in contact with locals. If you :arrow: need more info I may still have the maps I printed off back then, I could look for then if needed.

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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby ebnhils » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:27 pm

My understanding is that Agassiz is off limit during certain times due to fragile plant life. I think the only time it is permitted to be climbed is when snow covered.

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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby nyker » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:27 pm

Ah. ok...might be in luck then in Dec!

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