Hiking Humphrey's Peak, Arizona's Highest Point
At 12,637 feet, Humphrey's Peak is Arizona's tallest mountain and is located within driving distance of Phoenix, just 11 miles north of Flagstaff. One of the extinct volcanoes in the San Francisco Range, Humphrey's offers a unique hike to its summit for those of us looking for a weekend getaway and challenge.
Nina Gruber Nina Gruber From fields, to dense forest, to spectacular views
A well-traveled path, the Humphrey's Peak trail is a perfect challenge for devoted hikers looking for a change of pace. At 4.8 miles in length and 3,313 feet in elevation, this is no easy trail and can be quite strenuous at times, especially with the altitude gain. This trail consists of long switchbacks, traversing through the Coconino Forest of ponderosa pines and epic rock slides, all the way up to Arizona's only tundra landscape, which begins above the tree line at 11,500 feet. This last portion of the hike is about a mile's worth of complete exposure accompanied by the devilish three false summits. The tough trek is indeed worth it, as the view on top is an unobstructed site of northern Arizona from its highest point.