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For the higher peak in the Sierra Nevada, see Mount Humphreys.
Humphreys Peak
Doko'o'osliid
San Francisco Peaks, winter.jpg
Humphreys Peak in winter 2004
Elevation 12,637 ft (3,852 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 6,039 ft (1,841 m)[2]
Listing Ultra
U.S. state high point
Location
Humphreys Peak is located in Arizona
Humphreys Peak
Humphreys Peak
Location in Arizona
Location Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Range San Francisco Peaks
Coordinates 35°20′47″N 111°40′41″W / 35.346341917°N 111.677945539°W / 35.346341917; -111.677945539Coordinates: 35°20′47″N 111°40′41″W / 35.346341917°N 111.677945539°W / 35.346341917; -111.677945539[1]
Topo map USGS Humphreys Peak
Geology
Type igneous, volcanic
Volcanic field San Francisco volcanic field
Climbing
Easiest route Humphreys Trail, class 1[3]

Humphreys Peak (Hopi: Aaloosaktukwi, Navajo: Dookʼoʼoosłííd) is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Arizona,[4] with an elevation of 12,637 feet (3,852 m)[1] and is located within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest, about 11 miles (17.7 km) north of Flagstaff, Arizona. Humphreys Peak is the highest of a group of extinct volcanic peaks known as the San Francisco Peaks.

The summit can be most easily reached by hiking the 4.8 miles (7.7 km) long Humphreys Trail that begins at the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort in the Coconino National Forest. The last 1 mile (1.6 km) of the trail traverses the only region of tundra in Arizona, at an elevation of more than 11,500 feet (3,505 m). The treeline of Humphreys Peak is around 11,400 feet (3,500 m). Hazards of the hike include a steep and rocky trail, risk of lightning strike, snow, and avalanche danger in winter.[3]

Humphreys Peak was named in about 1870 for General Andrew A. Humphreys, a U.S. Army officer who was a Union general during the American Civil War, and who later became Chief of Engineers of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. However, a General Land Office map from 1903 showed the name San Francisco Peak applied to this feature (apparently borrowed from San Francisco Mountain on which the peak stands). Thus the United States Board on Geographic Names approved the variant name in 1911. In 1933, the application of the names was rectified.[5]

Humphrey's Peak right of center from the Humphrey's-Agassiz saddle to the south

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Frisco". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Humphreys Peak, Arizona". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Humphreys Trail #51". Coconino National Forest, U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved February 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. April 29, 2005. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Humphreys Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 

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San Francisco Mountain, and the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak. The Peaks are the eroded remnants of a stratovolcano. The volcano, part of a system of volcanoes, was formed between 1.8 million and 200,000 years ago, according to information ...
 
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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:30:18 -0800

Two Northern Arizona University students who became stranded in sub-freezing weather while hiking up Humphreys Peak in Flagstaff were rescued late Sunday. Officials from the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Department of Public Safety and ...

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Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:23:12 -0700

The tallest remaining peak, named in 1873 for Civil War Gen. Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, is the highest point in Arizona, standing 12,633 feet above sea level. As you might expect, the hike to the top of Humphreys Peak has its challenges. For one thing ...
 
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Fri, 20 Jan 2012 06:04:19 -0800

#Standing still is impossible. 70 mile-an-hour gales force me to stumble forward at a precarious 75° angle. The frigid gusts are uneven, causing my feet to boogie an awkward three-step on the summit's razor-sharp rock slopes. Tears cloud my vision as I ...

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:22:59 -0700

As you move along, the well-groomed red path gently rises and soon there are ponderosa pines next to the trail. Humphreys Peak rises in the distance on the return to the Red Mountain Trailhead about 30 miles north of Flagstaff on Highway 180. (Photo ...

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 03:03:45 -0800

I access it via the snowmobile trails from the end of the Snowbowl parking lot at the Humphreys Peak Trailhead -- avoid it on a windy day or a holiday weekend. And if others are skiing in town this weekend in places I haven't mentioned (the valley east ...

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Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:57:29 -0800

Humphreys Peak, the highest point in the state, stands more than 12,000 feet tall. A round-trip hike in the Grand Canyon down to Plateau Point is about 12 miles. Arizona became a state in 1912. Microsoft's office in Tempe is in suite 1200. And even ...
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