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For the higher peak in the Sierra Nevada, see Mount Humphreys.
Humphreys Peak
San Francisco Peaks, winter.jpg
Humphreys Peak in winter 2004
Highest point
Elevation 12,637 ft (3,852 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 6,039 ft (1,841 m) [2]
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]
Humphreys Peak is located in Arizona
Humphreys Peak
Humphreys Peak
Location in Arizona
Location Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Parent range San Francisco Peaks
Topo map USGS Humphreys Peak
Mountain type igneous, volcanic
Volcanic field San Francisco volcanic field
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]


  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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Indian Country Today Media Network

Indian Country Today Media Network
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 14:23:58 -0800

They were always within sight of Humphreys Peak and a mountain range sacred to the Hopi. They took those constant reminders of their heritage and culture with them wherever they went. Now they are back home, helping Hopi High improve on its dynasty ...
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 ...

Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Daily Sun
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 03:37:05 -0700

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 ...

First Tracks

First Tracks
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:11:38 -0700

Named after Humphreys Peak, the highest summit in the state and part of the San Francisco Peaks above Snowbowl, Humphreys Peak Lift is the resort's first quad as well. It will span over a half mile with a vertical rise of 775 feet and carry 1,000 ...

Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Daily Sun
Tue, 26 May 2015 04:36:14 -0700

A cold drizzle fell as Douglas Zhu, Jim Chang and a handful of other friends and family members bundled up in scarves, hats and gloves before setting off up the Humphreys Peak Trail Monday morning. The group had checked the weather before driving up ...

Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Daily Sun
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:16:42 -0700

The new Humphreys Peak chairlift will be the mountain's first four-person-per-chair lift and will serve a cluster of intermediate runs on the Humphreys Peak side of the ski area that were built in 2011 and 2012. “It's about time,” said Eric Borowsky ...
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 09:41:15 -0700

Hikers hoping to summit Humphrey's Peak in Northern Arizona this summer will be seeing a new group of volunteers at the trailhead. It's part of a pilot project the U.S. Forest Service is trying to reduce the number of search and rescues needed on the ...

Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Daily Star
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:52:30 -0800

Since the end of ski season last year, Snowbowl has seen about $2 million in improvement work, headlined by the new Humphreys Peak lift. The quad lift will access a group of runs on the north side of the mountain and is expected to open Dec. 18 ...

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