Nov 22 Humphreys Peak
This car camp with an extensive and challenging hike at a high elevation, including an ascent of Humphreys Peak which, at 12,600 feet, is the highest point in AZ. In late November it was cold!
The Troop camped off FR222. On Saturday morning they drive to the Snow Bowl parking lot for the Humphreys Peak Trail trailhead (trail #51, trailhead elevation is 9,300 ft).
Humphreys Trail is steep, long, extremely rocky, and icy at this time of year. Above the tree line, it exposes you completely to the whims of nature. Here it may snow during any month of the year.
Scouts had two options
- Scouts can choose to return to the trailhead, making for a 6-mile round-trip hike, and drive back to the camping area.
- Proceed up the trail another 2.5 miles to the peak (12,600 ft). This will result in an 11-mile round-trip hike with a total of 3,300 ft elevation gain. (Recommended for more experienced and older scouts only).
Two Scouts and one Adult chose to summit and return. Congratulations to the brave trio.