Humphrey's Peak Trail - San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff
Humphreys Peak is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Arizona, with an elevation of 12633ft and is located within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest, about 11mi north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Humphreys Peak is the highest of a group of extinct volcanic peaks known as the San Francisco Peaks.The summit can be most easily reached by hiking the 4.8mi long Humphreys Summit Trail that begins at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in the Coconino National Forest.Humphreys Peak was named in about 1870 for General Andrew A. Humphreys, a U.S. Army officer who was a Union general during the American Civil War, and who later became Chief of Engineers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. However, a General Land Office map from 1903 showed the name San Francisco Peak applied to this feature (apparently borrowed from San Francisco Mountain on which the peak stands). Thus the United States Board on Geographic Names approved the variant name in 1911. In 1933, the application of the names was rectified.For Humphrey's Peak Trail - San Francisco Peaks and beyond, use our Flagstaff trip itinerary planning app to get the most from your Flagstaff vacation.
Humphrey's Peak Trail - San Francisco Peaks Reviews
As a regular state high pointer, I found Humphreys Peak to be a refreshingly straightforward hike. It's about 4.5 miles long (one way) with around 3500 feet of elevation gain. But the trail is easy to... more »
I did this hike on a trip to Flagstaff and it stands out in my mind as one of the best hikes I’ve done in awhile. A couple of pointers up front: It’s a bit of a challenging hike. It’s 9.2 miles out an... more »
Classic Flagstaff Hike. 10 miles up and down from Snowbowl w/ a 3,500 foot ascent. Once above tree line the views are world class. Well worth the 4-6 hours of hiking for this gem. It ascends the highe... more »
I did this hike on a trip to Flagstaff and it stands out in my mind as one of the best hikes I’ve done in awhile. A couple of pointers up front: It’s a bit of a challenging hike. It’s 9.2 miles out and back. It’s gradual in its climb, but continuous. The last bit is above timber line, so there is a lot of sun and wind exposure. Also, the temperature can be much cooler at the summit, especially if there is wind. And you can definitely feel the elevation. But all this is worth the climb. The hike starts at the ski hill, and the first few miles are well shaded as you traverse through aspen and pine stands. I packed a lunch and had a picnic along the way. The last section is through a rock field that leads up to the summit (after a few false summits). The views are spectacular at the summit. It feels good to be on the highest point in AZ. I really enjoyed this hike, and it was a great day out in the wilderness
Fascinating history to this series of peaks. A great day-hike during any season, but one should always be aware of the weather forecast. It can change quickly, and above the treeline adds a different element. The views are spectacular in all directions. A hike that requires effort, but is not overly strenuous and one can be up and down in just a few hours.
It was hard for me to climb there in winter time and I spent a night camping close to the top, but it was a quite an advanture. Highly recommended
Such an amazing place! The trail might be not extremely difficult, but it still takes efforts. After a long-way journey, you can get beautiful views for reward. I love this place.
2X over the years. In 1978, they were still building the trail to the top. Fantastic views of aspen fall colors. Holy peak supposedly for the Navajos, but as there's a ski resort, I gave up looking for who to ask permission to climb it. Photos at my website, many slides never scanned for any history.
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