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Humphries peak
Humphries peak
map: Humphries peak
Views from Humphries peak
Squirrel along the trail up to Humpries peak
Meadow on the trail up Humphries peak
Elevation plot: Humphries peak
At the top of Humphries peak


How to Get There
This hike is located near Flagstaff, AZ.

From the Flagstaff area, take HWY 180 towards the south rim of the Grand Canyon. About 7 miles from Flagstaff (Mile marker 223) is the road leading to the Snowbowl Ski Resort. From HWY 180, it is about 6 miles to the parking area just below the lodge.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

8.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
5.1 miles one way to the summit from the Snowbowl parking area
6.00 [Hours]
It took us six hours with a 30 minute stop for lunch.
Elevation Change
3,800 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 3500 ft gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • June
  • July
  • August
Date Hike completed
January 08, 2008


Solitude Details
This is a very popular summer hike. Expect to meet 50-100 other hikers.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Up, up, up. The hike is brutal, the view is tremendous. To say you've been at the top of the highest mountain in Arizona is a worthy goal. This is a strenuous hike.


Be Aware of

Hike to the top of Humphries Peak near Flagstaff, Arizona.

This is a well marked and well used trail to the top of the highest mountain in Arizona. The climb starts in a pine forest, but as your altitude increases, the pine gives way to Aspen, then to above the tree-line. The start of the hike has a fair amount of shade, but the end of the hike has none. There are a few false peaks that sap your enthusiasm, but if you persevere, you will be treated to an amazing view and a grade A photo opportunity!

This hike will take you an entire day, so plan accordingly. Bring plenty of food as well as water. Dress in layers, as the top of the peak is windy and chilly.

Watch the weather closely. If dark clouds begin to form or you hear thunder or see lightning, call it a day and hustle down the mountain. Lightning strikes the peak of Humphreys on a regular basis and you don't want to be near it when it does.  

This is a great Arizona hike. Enjoy!


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