Humphrey’s Peak – June 25, 2016

At 12,633 feet, Humphrey’s Peak is the highest mountain in Arizona. It is located about 10 miles north of Flagstaff.

I had originally planned to d0 this hike with my cousin Steven but I had to change my plans. Luckily some friends at work had reserved a house from AirBnB and there was plenty of room for me to join.

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The hike began by crossing a trail at the Arizona Snowbowl – a place where you can ski and snowboard in the winter

We had a great time playing a pictionary game and a game that I play with my family called O-Hell. The rules for the pictionary game are as follows:

You need several pieces of paper that can be cut small and writing materials for this game. A person begins by  writing something on the paper for the person sitting next to them to draw, then the person sitting next to that person has to draw what is on the paper on a different piece of paper. Once that person draws what is on the paper you pass the paper to the next person and that person guesses what is on the paper and writes it on a different paper. Then, that person draws what is written on the paper on a different paper. There should be a piece of paper for each person playing. As you continue the process, the used piece of paper should go to the bottom of the pile so when everyone has either drawn or guessed you can see the progression of drawings and guesses. We limited our drawing and guessing time to 45 seconds person. This was a fun game where we had quite a few laughs.

We were up around 6:30am on the morning of the hike. It took us about 10 hours to go up and down, which included taking our time hiking and spending over an hour at the Summit. This was a tough hike and I had to stop very often to get my breathing under control; my heart was beating very hard as I ascended. Luckily we had pretty good weather except for a little hail and thunder as we began our descent.

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Approaching the tree line where alpine tundra habitat begins – I had never been to a tundra environment before and I was excited to see it
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At the Summit
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Looking northwest from the Summit is Kendrick Mountain in the distance
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Our group at the Summit
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One thought on “Humphrey’s Peak – June 25, 2016

  1. Wow, good to see the summit since I didn’t make it previously. Looking forward to hiking w you in an hour or so.
    Patrick

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