Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mt. Humphrey's Hike

Last weekend Justin and I along with my brother-in-law Doug completed a hike we have been wanting to do for awhile. We hiked the tallest point in Arizona, Mt. Humphrey's in Flagstaff. My sisters had completed this hike a few years ago when I was super pregnant with Aspen so I have been wanting to do it since I missed it then. I had been looking in to doing it for a while and as we are coming up on monsoon season I knew we either needed to do it know or we wouldn't be able to do it until the end of summer. We were able to get our super cheap Flagstaff hotel room and my mom and sisters were able to help with the girls so a couple of weeks ago we booked the rooms and planned to head up to Flagstaff. We ended up leaving on Thursday night and due to some wildfires, it took us a little longer than planned to get up to Flagstaff but we made it up there and had a super delicious meal at Dara Thai and a couple beers at Historic Brewery. We got up pretty early the next morning and grabbed some Starbuck's before heading up to the mountain. We ended up starting our hike just before 6 AM. The weather was perfect at about 60 degrees. We stopped a couple of times for a quick minute on the way up to pee/grab a snack/apply bug spray but still made it to the summit in 3 hours and 10 minutes. We lucked out and had the summit to ourselves for the entire 30 minutes we were up there. We had a beer even though it was 9 AM and ate some snacks and took a ton of pictures. The last 40-ish minutes of the way up was not necessarily hard but we were ready to be there. Once we got up we were feeling great and thought it would be literally all down-hill from there. Unfortunately, getting down was not as easy as we would have liked. I underestimated how much you have to focus on your way down so that you don't slip on any of the loose dirt or tree roots. It was mentally exhausting. I think we all also got a mild case of altitude sickness because at about 1 hour left we all kinds felt gross and just wanted to be DONE. The mountain definitely got more busy on they way down so if you are planning on doing it I would definitely go early. While it started to get a little warm on they way down, since we were almost done, it wasn't really bad at all. We didn't even have wind at the top so I would definitely recommend this hike in mid-late June (when my sisters did it in late August they were FREEZING). I did not pause my watch while we hung out at the top so I ended up logging just over 11 miles in 6 hours and 15 minutes. We were all beat when we were done and couldn't wait to take a shower. We took a nap after cleaning up before heading out for dinner at our favorite brewery in Flagstaff. The weather was amazing and it was the perfect way to recover after that hike. The next morning we got up and packed up with no set timeline but ended up getting back to Phoenix at 9 AM. It was a super fast drive back, thankfully! We missed out girls but are so glad we were able to make that hike happen. Flagstaff is always a good choice!  Here are some pictures and a little video!
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Just as we were starting
 
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Amazing views
 
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The actual trail doesn't even start for about a mile.
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Lots of trees!
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Gotta get that snow pic (meanwhile 2 hours away Phoenix is literally on fire) 
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Never say no to a 9AM beer

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Summit Selfie
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Cautiously heading down.
 
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Perfect 2 days in Flag!

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