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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
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
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
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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Paste Magazine

Paste Magazine
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:47:43 -0800

And Arizona's 12,633-foot Humphreys Peak the next. This year, I'll be skipping 13,796-foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii. And I look forward very much to missing Wyoming 39 years from now. My great 50-year mountain climbing project may have nosedived, but the ...

Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona Daily Sun
Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:32:52 -0800

Expanded snowmaking infrastructure along the Ridge trail and under Humphreys Peak lift were other big improvements. The new equipment will allow snowmaking on six additional trails that split off from the Ridge trail as well as about 90 percent of the ...

First Tracks

First Tracks
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:13:12 -0800

Construction of Snowbowl's new Humphreys Peak quad is still on schedule for a mid-December opening. (photo: Arizona Snowbowl). Hart Prairie Lodge will be open Friday, and both Hart Prairie and Agassiz Lodge will be open daily starting Saturday, when ...

New York Times

New York Times
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 03:00:37 -0800

To the southwest is the snow-tipped summit of Humphreys Peak, the highest point in Arizona, part of a mountain range sacred to the Hopi, who believe it is home to spirits known as kachinas. Three Fridays after the Casa Grande meet, as the morning sun ...

Tucson News Now

Tucson News Now
Sat, 07 Nov 2015 13:47:45 -0800

The new Humphreys Peak Lift is the resort's first quad, spanning more than a half-mile with a vertical rise of 775 feet. "With the new mountain improvements at Arizona Snowbowl and a strong El Nino in the forecast, our team is excited to kick off the ...

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 ...
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 ...

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