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Address: Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, AZ
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Top of the Arizona World

Not an easy hike, but you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you reach Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The trail starts at a parking lot off Snow Bowl Rd... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2014
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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Not an easy hike, but you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you reach Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona. The trail starts at a parking lot off Snow Bowl Rd and continues fairly steeply, mostly through the trees, to a saddle with Agassiz Peak and the Weatherford Trail. Then it turns directly toward Humphreys and proceeds more... More 

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I did this hike on a whim. I was part of the Flagstaff Hot Shot crew who cut the original trailbed back '83. I have not returned to hike it completely since '84. Had only been to peak 3x, once on a beautiful winter day accessing by way of Aggiziz lift at snow owl (worked there at the time). Strenuous... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Easy access to trail head and a very hard and extreme hike. Wind and cold at the summit. Blown down on my butt several times and what an accomplishment.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Native of Arizona and had never been. Took one of my kids and away we went. Perfect trail, surrounded by forested areas and spectacular views. Would have been nice to have one or two spots aong the way with a bench to soak in the vistas. No need to go to top - rememember - it's the journey not the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes the view from the top is amazing but pay attention to your body going up. Altitude sickness is nothing to toy with. Drinking plenty of water is most important but also realize that if your feeling the slightest symptoms do not eat. You will not be able to digest the food if your body is not used to being... More 

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Peoria, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Plan all day for this hike. Be ready for wind, rain, hail, and snow. It's wonderfully panoramic above the tree line. Trail can be a little rough to find once you pass the saddle. There are several 'false peaks' when you're climbing above the tree-line, so be ready for these psychologically. When you're near the top, you won't have any... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Humphrey is definitely worth the hike. I just did it 3rd time and I plan to do it again next year. Few points about it: * Some people say it is 4.5h hike. Well... probably they mean "one way" ;-) You must be really in good shape and run most of the time to be able to do it. Normally... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is an iconic hike for Arizona - the highest point and a challenge. This was my 5th attempt and 3rd summit. This time I was 52, so moving a little slower than when I first summited in 2001 at 39 years old. In 2001 I did the entire hike in 4.5 hours total with a short stop at the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

A friend and I hiked to the summit during the last week in June. It was probably the best time to hike Humphreys. So many reviews and even a guy in a camp site next to ours warned us about the gusts and wind at the top. Turned out to be a beautiful day from the start to the top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Humphrey's Peak is the highest spot in Az at 12,600 feet. It's a moderate to strenuous hike so it shouldn't be taken lightly! From the parking lot to the summit it's about 5 miles. I do this hike once a year and it takes 6-7 hours, just depending on how long I hang out at the top. For some it... More 

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