Humphreys Peak

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Humphreys Peak is the highest peak in Arizona. It rises in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness Area, immediately north of Flagstaff. The area is volcanic in origin, as is apparent by the conal shapes of some of the neighboring peaks, but Humphreys is now heavily eroded, and has lost its symmetry. On a clear day on the summit, the view to the northwest includes the rim of the Grand Canyon. Usual access to Humphreys is via the Arizona Snow Bowl, a popular ski lodge located just south of the mountain. In addition to the region's recreational appeal, it is sacred to several Native American tribes, so respectful hiking and climbing is essential.

Elevation (feet): 12,633
Elevation (meters): 3,851
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Colorado Plateau
State: Arizona
Latitude: 35.3333
Longitude: -111.683
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Flagstaff, Arizona
Convenient Center: Flagstaff, Arizona

Trip Reports

There are 99 trip reports for Humphreys Peak.

  • Log #3078 - by Chip Belka on Oct 04, 20043.00 stars
    An excellent 9-mile hike that doesn't require technical gear this time of year. Ginger Foley and Daniel Beebe accompanied me. We drove in from Phoenix and left the trailhead at 8:30am. We summited at...
  • Log #3079 - by Ginger Foley on Oct 03, 20043.00 stars
    Humphrey's Peak was my first western mountain (some would say first mountain,period!). Hit the trail about 8:30AM on a beautiful clear, cool morning with Chip Belka and Daniel Bebe. As a biology...
  • Log #3080 - by Roberto Morales on Sep 16, 20043.00 stars
    The view of the Grand Canyon rim from the top is spectacular. The scenery going up the peak is great. Was thundering most of the way up, but once I got to the tree-line it stopped, which allowed me...
  • Log #3081 - by Dan and Brendon Garrison on Sep 15, 20043.00 stars
    Started with a group of 3 adults and 6 youth, ages 11-14. Left the trailhead at 8:45am. Some of the kids were really slow, and it took the last stragglers 3 1/2 hours to get to the saddle. One of the...
  • Log #3082 - by Molly Niewald on Aug 02, 20043.00 stars
    On my third attempt, Greg Goodman and I reached the summit in good time! Earlier attempts with other hiking buddies had been unsuccessful due to weather conditions and reactions to altitude. On this...
  • Log #3083 - by Dave Anderson on July 13, 20043.00 stars
    I have lived in Flag for about 10 years and have skied all through the basin and from as close as the last false summit, but I had never been to the top so I figured it was time. We got to the...
  • Log #3084 - by Dick Robinson on July 11, 20043.00 stars
    The high point in Arizona, at 12,633 feet. A very nice trail, steep in places, but more than accessible. Pretty views. Started at 6 am, summited at 9:30.
  • Log #3085 - by Greg Burst on June 14, 20043.00 stars
    Started 5:45, Summited 8:45, Left Summit 9:15, back at car 11:15. We were going pretty fast too. Due to the non-observance of daylight savings it gets light really early in Flagstaff. The temps were...
  • Log #3086 - by gannaboina on May 23, 20043.00 stars
    strong COLD wind on top the day i hiked. should be well equipped. the journey down the slope seems never ending. it was hard to beleive that i hiked upslope so much
  • Log #3087 - by Dave and Emma Medara on May 16, 20043.00 stars
    This was supposed to be a rest day from Rock-climbing in the forks...wrong. Nice peak though, Incredible views. Incredible winds! Thank You AZ. We had a fun trip.
  • Log #3088 - by Jerry P. on May 11, 20043.00 stars
    Arrived Flagstaff Sat. eve. and, after choking down another lackluster plate of spaghetti at Granny's Closet, thought I might treat myself to a night of rest(lessness) - punctuated by regular...
  • Log #3089 - by eric smith on Oct 29, 20033.00 stars
    Chose to go at the end of October, hoping to have some snow and conditions to make the hike more challenging, as well as to go up without any crowds, only to find that the weather out there was nicer...
  • Log #3090 - by James Klutts on Oct 11, 20033.00 stars
    This was my first peak to conquer, and what a great peak to start with. Last year at this same time I went for King's Peak, Utah, which was an interesting experience. My partner and I experienced...
  • Log #3091 - by Tommy K. Begay on Oct 06, 20033.00 stars
    Excellent hike on a warm October day - I was wishing I had worn shorts.
  • Log #3092 - by Kaela on Sep 29, 20033.00 stars
    Beautiful hike on a beautiful day. Weather was perfect - not a cloud in the sky, 78 degrees. The beginning, forested part of the trail is beautiful, and once you start breaking out of the tree-line...
  • Log #3093 - by Jeffrey Martin on Sep 12, 20033.00 stars
    Easy hike with no snow. Fantastic views of the Grand Canyon from the top! Roundtrip in less than 4 hours.
  • Log #3094 - by John Milligan on Sep 03, 20033.00 stars
    Started from the lower Snowbowl parking lot and entered the trailhead at dawn. Across the meadow and into the woods for the 2 1/2 hour trek to the saddle. Nice easy zig-zags thru the forest. This...
  • Log #3095 - by Rob Key on Sep 01, 20033.00 stars
    Entered from the Snow Bowl ski area. Logged in: 0926 Saddle: 1130 Summit: 1230 Logged out: 1445 I am an Indiana native who has been in Colorado Springs for about a year now. Getting ready for my...
  • Log #3096 - by Stu Frink on Aug 18, 20033.00 stars
    Cilmbed in Honor of all those officers who gave their life in the line of duty. May we never forget.
  • Log #3097 - by Frank & Michelle Lanter on Aug 17, 20033.00 stars
    Great climb, incredible views, lots of bugs!
  • Log #3098 - by Phil Kushin on Aug 12, 20033.00 stars
    July in Arizona: A cool, crisp morning with a little snow on the ground? I wouldn't have believed it, but that's what I found. And what a relief from a hike in 100-degree weather in Sedona the day...
  • Log #3099 - by Larry & Jennifer Seibel on Aug 05, 20033.00 stars
    Nice climb, not too difficult. This was my first high point. Started at 6:30am and returned to the trail head at 2:30pm. I really took my time.
  • Log #3100 - by Charles W. Miller Ph.D. on Aug 04, 20033.00 stars
    Great climb. At the top I met a stand up comic who did nightclub performances in Phoenix. He portrayed the famous figure Will Rogers of the 1930s. He kept me and several other hikers in stiches all...
  • Log #3101 - by Mike Beene on July 26, 20033.00 stars
    Ever since I read Jon Kraukaur's Into Thin Air, I've been really eager to climb something myself. I convinced my dad to come with me to Flagstaff to climb Humphrey's Peak. We left this morning at...
  • Log #3102 - by Dave Rawlings on June 01, 20033.00 stars
    A beautiful day. 5 people summited and possibly two more. A couple from Arkansas I passed on the way up - and down - were about 1200 feet from the top when I last saw them. Patches of snow made for...
  • Log #3103 - by Bob McReynolds on May 25, 20033.00 stars
    A PEAK BAGGER'S DELIGHT #2 – SORT OF Arizona Humphreys Peak May 24, 2003, 9:20AM hhhh, the ability to knock off a peak while on the way to do something else. Humphreys Peak sort of qualified...
  • Log #3104 - by Darleen on Feb 17, 20033.00 stars
    I have spent many years looking at this mountain and in younger days climbing all over it. It's a must do if you like mountains!
  • Log #3105 - by Dave on Nov 22, 20023.00 stars
    I was worried about snow, ice, and wind because I was sure I'd be alone on a Monday in November. There was snow all the way up with 10 inches from the ridge to the summit. The snow crampons were a...
  • Log #3106 - by Chip Belka on Nov 21, 20023.00 stars
    We couldn't summit in mid-June, due to the park being closed for fear of fire danger. Coming all the way from S.Carolina, this was a real downer. Up the number of rangers and saftey precautions, but...
  • Log #3107 - by Dave Sewell on Sep 23, 20023.00 stars
    This is my 4th time to the top. This trip was again with my son's BSA Troop 1. Although we were prepared for any weather, we didn't need anything but t-shirts and shorts! This is the only time I have...
  • Log #3108 - by Kyle Beard on Sep 01, 20023.00 stars
    If you're going to do this hike then come prepaired. My college buddy and I only had some water, a pack of sandwich meat, and we were wearing cut off t-shirts. By the time we were on the ridgeline we...
  • Log #3109 - by Mike Mays on Sep 01, 20023.00 stars
    I spent a rainy night in Flagstaff AZ the night before and was in the parking lot of the Arizona Ski Bowl at 7am to get a early start to avoid the late afternoon thunderstorms. The trail up the...
  • Log #3110 - by Judith F. Bullock on Aug 20, 20023.00 stars
    August 14, 2002 A Cautionary Tale My husband and I just moved to Flagstaff, AZ from Illinois. He is 50 and I am 40. We didn't leave a hike itinerary with anyone because we heard it was only a day...
  • Log #3111 - by Michael Anderson on Aug 12, 20023.00 stars
    Summited the mountain with my six year old son, Jonathon. We left Tempe at 5 a.m., drove to the trailhead and pushed hard for five hours all the way up. Jonny showed amazing percevierance and...
  • Log #3112 - by Charles Liu on July 11, 20023.00 stars
    Humphreys is always a good hike. It's a perfect day trip from Flagstaff or Phoenix. I try to do this hike a couple times a year and I never tire of it. The trail is in great condition and hiking...
  • Log #3113 - by Greg ??? on June 09, 20023.00 stars
    If you started at 1000 ft. at the beginning of the day like me the altitude is deadly, barely made it.
  • Log #3114 - by RICK SUHR on May 08, 20023.00 stars
  • Log #3115 - by Paul Kleian on May 03, 20023.00 stars
    Following a story told me by a climber in Aconcagua base camp, I drove on the forest trail to the Inner Basin through Interior Valley and climbed up onto the ridge that runs north east from the...
  • Log #3116 - by Lee Chapman on Nov 02, 20013.00 stars
    Exciting trip. Unfortunately, we were unable to spend only 10 minutes at the peak due to approaching thunderstorms. As we egressed the peak, a hailstorm began, and as it gained in intensity, large...
  • Log #3117 - by Dave Sewell on Oct 01, 20013.00 stars
    The first 2 times I summitted was when I was in Boy Scouts. This time, I was lucky enough to reach the summit with my 12 year old son and the rest of Prescott Arizona's BSA Troop 1. To share...
  • Log #3118 - by Ren Sewell on Oct 01, 20013.00 stars
    This was a BSA Troop 1 hike. We started in on the Weatherford Trail, passing through Doyle Saddle, then camping in Fremont saddle. We summitted the second day, then hiked down to the Snowbowl...
  • Log #3119 - by Mike & Michele Burgad on Sep 30, 20013.00 stars
    Great climb, wonderful views, nice people.
  • Log #3120 - by Chris Rasmussen on Aug 19, 20013.00 stars
    Easier trail than I expected. Difficulty is length (8.7) and towards top of trail. Lots of gnats or bugs of some sort at top.
  • Log #3121 - by Paul Burger on Aug 13, 20013.00 stars
    Fairly easy trail hike. I had some nice views of Elk on the lower part of the moiuntain. Watch out for lightning.
  • Log #3122 - by Angela Green on July 23, 20013.00 stars
    i made it but unfortunately, my mom and sister did not because they are too weak!!!!!!
  • Log #3123 - by Jim Lombard on June 28, 20013.00 stars
    Since we live in the East at about an elevation of 100 feet, we decided to "aclimatize" in Flagstaff for a couple of days prior. Despite losing the trail several times and very deep snow we...
  • Log #3124 - by Scott Rabun on June 24, 20013.00 stars
    Good trail, beautiful day. Hiked by a Boy Scout group, we camped overnight at 11,400 ft on the way down.
  • Log #3125 - by Steven Cross on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    I want to invite whoever reads this to It's another mountain page. I was on mount elden on 5-2 and those of you that hiked humphreys on that date must be crazy. the wind was 40-50 mph...
  • Log #3126 - by Jim Wise on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    Perfect weather. From Snowbowl parking lot it took 2 1/2 hours to summit. Some sections were still snow covered but it was easy enough. Views all the way to the Grand Canyon.
  • Log #3127 - by Mike Harding on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    Truly an excellent day, although the wind was a little tough at the top. At one point, Liz (see below) yelled at me, "Will you stop smiling?" And I couldn't.
  • Log #3128 - by Liz McCarty on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    Made it with my smile intact
  • Log #3129 - by Howard Jones on June 04, 20013.00 stars
    Very nice (windy) day at the summit.
  • Log #3130 - by Michael Andeson, Peter Anders Wittwer on May 21, 20013.00 stars
    Drove up from Phoenix for what we thought would be a relatively easy climb. I've climbed this mountain before with little difficulty. This time, though, the remaining snow made staying on the trail...
  • Log #3131 - by Frank Kenens on Jan 07, 20013.00 stars
    Never thought Arizona would have mountains with such elevation. At the time I was living in Flagstaff, and "The Peaks" are a wonderful hike with incredible vista's of Grand Canyon/Bradshaw...
  • Log #3132 - by Neil Ackerman on Oct 22, 20003.00 stars
    Parked at the Snow Bowl 30 minutes after 12. Hated the late start. I felt like I was racing to beat sundown (6:00 pm) the whole time I was on the mountain. Plus I started that day camped in the Grand...
  • Log #3133 - by Gary Giss on Oct 21, 20003.00 stars
    Second time on Mt. Humphrey. First time I did not acclimatize, and just drove up from Phoenix, climbed to summit, and drove back. This time I camped overnight in the meadow at the base of the hike.
  • Log #3134 - by Gary Giss on Oct 21, 20003.00 stars
    Summited (solo) at 11:45 a.m. on a beautiful day. I drove up from Phoenix and just started hiking - no problems until way down from summit.
  • Log #3135 - by Katherine Jones on Sep 09, 20003.00 stars
    a 20 mile rounder starting at the scultz pass tank on the weatherford trail is the way to's a mellow, gradual incline that is only intense due to the length. you start at 8000 feet and it's...
  • Log #3136 - by Trent J. Davis on Sep 08, 20003.00 stars
    Beautiful day to climb. Mountain gods led the way. Extremely windy above tree line, gusts up to 45mph. Be careful near top, lots of loose rock and trail is not clearly marked.
  • Log #3138 - by Carolyn Reynolds-Stewart on Aug 23, 20003.00 stars
    It was a perfect day for the ascent, six of us from the Southern Arizona Hiking Club went, three of us for the first time. We were awed by the beauty around us, from the plentiful Aspens to the dark...
  • Log #3139 - by Christine and Elbert Babb on July 25, 20003.00 stars
    The day was overcast and we started about 9:30 am. The switchback's were relaxing and shady but when we made it above the tree line, things got tougher!! I almost gave up but Elbert convinced me I...
  • Log #3140 - by Keith Jones, Justin Jones, Bo Willis on July 05, 20003.00 stars
    It was a good climb. Started early in the morning and took our time. Highly recommend this peak to others.
  • Log #3142 - by Kevin Garrick on May 23, 20003.00 stars
    Humphreys was my first above-the-treeline climbing experience and it exceeded expectations. I climbed with my son, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law on 5/19/00 in ideal conditions. The trail had...
  • Log #3143 - by Jeffrey Cook on Apr 21, 20003.00 stars
    Good dayhike in summer/fall conditions, but a great alpine climb in Winter. Seven times on summit, #8 scheduled for 7/8/00.
  • Log #3144 - by Mark Corson on Mar 12, 20003.00 stars
    Solo. Easy beautiful hike.4 hours r/t. Beware of afternoon thunderstorms.
  • Log #3145 - by Joan Collins & William Yellott on Mar 11, 20003.00 stars
    My son and I are from the Adirondack Mtns of NY - have cimbed 18 of the "Adirondack 46" so far. Went to Arizona on a month long "homeschool" trip and were thrilled to find that...
  • Log #3146 - by Peter Gram on Jan 06, 20003.00 stars
    My 25th state highpoint. I can't report much because the hike was foggy from start to finish.
  • Log #3147 - by Eric DeVroeg on Jan 05, 20003.00 stars
    Ascended this peak with my pal D.J., with fierce winds above timberline, and upon reaching the summit the clouds had rolled in and obscured our view. With frigidly cold temperatures as well, we took...
  • Log #3148 - by Michael eggert on Dec 31, 19993.00 stars
    Humphrey's Peak wasn't to hard of of a climb for me, but it can be very cold and windy in the winter. The wind was about 50 m.p.h. when I climbed this mountain. It was also pretty deep snow in some...
  • Log #3149 - by Steve Sahetapy-Engel on Dec 09, 19993.00 stars
    Years ago I went with a bunch of of em is Colin Wharff (he's in this log too). Sadly though, I didn't actually get to the very top. I was behind a little bit when the group got to the...
  • Log #3150 - by Mike Lachance on Nov 03, 19993.00 stars
    This is a great introductory mountain for those who are interested in an easily accessible, high alpine summit with varying terrain and endless opportunity for developing and conditioning your skills...
  • Log #3151 - by Mike Anderson on Oct 25, 19993.00 stars
    My friend and I drove up from Phoenix in the morning to climb this peak. Though the sky was clear and the wind calm, we made a point of bringing wind breakers and nylon pants. The lower section was...
  • Log #3152 - by Caleb V. Darnell on Oct 05, 19993.00 stars
    This was the first peak I climbed on my quest to conquer all the state high points. It was a great hike and the view was incredible!
  • Log #3153 - by IAN LIBHART on Sep 12, 19993.00 stars
  • Log #3154 - by Pete Bird on Sep 10, 19993.00 stars
    Decided to climb during the winter while attending F-16 refresher training at Luke in Phoenix. Went with another fearless "Viper driver" over the weekend. Parked at the ski area parking lot...
  • Log #3155 - by Matt Sones on Aug 24, 19993.00 stars
    I made the mistake of not acclimatizing myself to the altitude having arrived from Atlanta just the day before. Was hit with a searing headache and shortness of breath at about 11000 ft. But,...
  • Log #3156 - by Thomas S. Burton on Aug 23, 19993.00 stars
    Took 4:05 hours round-trip hiking time from the ski area trailhead. There was approximately 5" of snow on the upper slopes and 60 mph wind gusts on the summit. Had to lay down in the stone...
  • Log #3157 - by Guy Brouillette on July 26, 19993.00 stars
    Climbed with a guide from "Flagstaff Mountain Guides". Had just run a 26 mile marathon in Tucson 2 days before. Left were stiff at fisrt. Pleasant climb, beautiful day.
  • Log #3158 - by Colin Wharff on July 22, 19993.00 stars
    My last sight of Arizona was from the top of this peak... I wish I could get back soon...
  • Log #3159 - by Julie Baker on June 28, 19993.00 stars
    Since I climbed with a friend who'd been to the top several times, I underestimated the challenge it would present. He could have prepared me a little better! I felt like we climbed fast, making it...
  • Log #3160 - by Douglas Thompson on June 28, 19993.00 stars
    Bring a shell, fleece, gloves even during the dead of summer - and sunBLOCK. Fair skinned people can burn in 10 minutes flat on this hike. It was 80' at the base when we started and we hiked into a...
  • Log #3161 - by Archie McCook on May 31, 19993.00 stars
    My wife,and brother-in-law had a beautiful day, sunshine,terrific views and the ever present winds. Don't underestimate the force of it. Thanks to whoever built the rock refuge.
  • Log #3163 - by Cindy Colarusso on Mar 27, 19993.00 stars
    Don't under estimate the wind velocity on top!! I actually had to crawl the last 100ft. because the ice being blown over the summit hurt like hell. Other than that, it was pretty cool.
  • Log #3164 - by David Hendricks on Feb 22, 19993.00 stars
    Watch out for electrical storms during the summer. On the descent we passed a woman and her hair was standing straight up; however their party continued climbing. Candidates for the yearly Darwin...
  • Log #3165 - by Garry and Diana Needham on Jan 14, 19993.00 stars
  • Log #3166 - by Jerry Dean Greer on Jan 12, 19993.00 stars
    I worked for the Forest Service at the time and climbed Humphries during a work day. Nice safe climb and wonderful views. Cheat and take the chairlift from the Arizona Snow Bowl.
  • Log #3167 - by Steve Gruhn on Dec 23, 19983.00 stars
    Solo, but met another man on the summit.
  • Log #3168 - by Jobe Wymore on Dec 02, 19983.00 stars
    Just snowed the day before for the first time of the year. Summited with my mom - Pat Wymore
  • Log #21098 - by Igor Lorget on Nov 30, 20073.00 stars
    It was a great climb on this end of november sunny day but a very very very hard one. The wind after the saddle on the eastern exposed part were up to 50-70mph maybe even more. Combined with -10C /...
  • Log #18719 - by tom clark on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    last time up out of about 30 accents, was in october of 1998, my dog beans, a wiemeraner, and myself and tim ward. got up to the saddle, encountered really high winds. the dog had to be put on a...
  • Log #18734 - by Brad Bennett on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    This was my first hike above 12,000 feet. It was an amazing exerience. I made it to the top in exactly 4 hours and 8 minutes. The trail is very well defined and is kept in great condition.
  • Log #18738 - by tom clark on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
  • Log #20924 - by wes on Aug 01, 20073.00 stars
    easy climb perfect day went with brother in law Sam
  • Log #21228 - by Huw and Angharad on Mar 24, 20083.00 stars
    I an Huw I am 8 years old and I like to climb mountains. IT iS FUN. We wrote in the book at the top. I am Angharad and I am 5 years old.
  • Log #21746 - by kdibble on Aug 18, 20093.00 stars
    Climb was easy, but a good work out. Strong winds at the Summit, but other then that great weather.
  • Log #22161 - by Caj E Svensson on Apr 12, 20113.00 stars
    An easy climb from the ski area. Met some other highpointers and finished with a beer before going back to camp in Flagstaff. Third highpoint during the 2004 summer. This was our 29th State...
  • Log #22437 - by ZHamilton on Oct 12, 20133.00 stars
    I just moved to Flagstaff in August, I've climbed this peak every weekend for a couple months now. It can be a challenging hike and I wouldn't recommend it to a first-timer. The 9.8 mile round-trip...
  • Log #22494 - by Rich-in-Livonia on Nov 28, 20143.00 stars
    Hiked the peak in shorts, hiking over snow in places. Nice climb, fantastic views.
  • Log #22500 - by Rick Kieffer on Dec 23, 20143.00 stars
    Started hike at 9am. There had been a bit of snow 3 days previous to our hike. Lower trail was a bit icy. Temps were 42 degrees.