Humphrey's Peak Trail - San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff

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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.
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  • 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 »
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  • 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.

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