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Humphrey’s Peak

RatingVery Strenuous

Standing at 12,633 feet elevation, Humphrey’s Peak is the tallest mountain in Arizona and is located about 11 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona. It’s certainly not a hike for beginners or anyone who isn’t prepared hence the extreme elevation gain. They say you can even see The Grand Canyon once you reach the peak.

I probably don’t have to tell you that Humphrey’s Peak is no walk in the park as I discovered the steep incline started about half a mile from the snowbowl parking lot. I was out of breathe in no time at all and couldn’t keep up with everyone. Eventually I did catch up but it took a while. This is most definitely the toughest hike I have ever done and with great pleasure. I love a challenging hike.

The weather up on Humphrey’s Peak is very cold as you can imagine and it can be unpredictable at times. Unexpected rain and thunderstorms can occur during certain times of the year so it’s best to be prepared for the unexpected. Elevation sickness is a real thing up here so make sure you take preventative measures.

I made sure I prepared for this strenuous hike by eating before I got hungry and drinking plenty of water before I needed to. I knew what to expect and I’m glad I used my common sense. It took us about 6.5 hours to reach the peak and back. What a journey it was and I loved every minute of it.


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