Arizona's highest Summit - Mount Humphreys - First Tracks in fresh snow
First tracks after a snowstorm as we summit Mount Humphrey's - tallest point in Arizona at 12,633 feet. Located above Snowbowl north of Flagstaff AZ. My friend was training for a Mount Shasta hike and this is the closest place to Phoenix with the Altitude and snow. I'm glad we had both done this hike many times, because the trail disappears under the snow. We were expecting ice not snow so we had crampons but no snowshoes. This is in the San Franciso Peaks in the Kachina Peak Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest.
Here's a photo of the view from the Summit to show that it was worth the effort.
"I would, as always, be going alone. I know well the arguments that solo hiking in a remote wilderness is foolhardy, dangerous, even irresponsible, but I know even more the great rewards that await the lone wanderer, rewards that can only be glimpsed by those who walk in groups." —Chris Townshend, Walking the Yukon: A Solo Trek Through the Land of Beyond, 1993
edited 05/08/07: I dedicate this photo to Talus Monkey (David Worthington) who died recently on Humboldt Peak. Although I never hiked with you or met you in person, your zest for life shined through. You will be missed. The tall peaks weep.
Arizona Passages alpine traverse Humphreys Summit Arizona
"Arizona Snowbowl is an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) north of Flagstaff, Arizona. The base elevation of the facility sits at 9,200 feet (2,804 m) and the resort receives an average snowfall of 260 inches (650 centimeters). It boasts a 2,300-foot (700 m) drop, the largest in Arizona, and has 4 lifts servicing the mountain"