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Humphreys Peak

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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby jdorje » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:28 am

Matt wrote:The view from this summit is one of the finest in the land. Peaks in CO, even ones with more prominence (like Elbert) don't offer the expansive, endless 360 degree views that peaks like Humphreys can.


+1. I've never climbed (hiked) it, but in driving around the southwest you can see it from EVERYWHERE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_the_most_isolated_major_summits_of_the_United_States

6000' of prominence connects it to its line parent to the eastish, in the San Juans. But it has huge (6000'+) local rise in all directions. Try to pick a clear day.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby Mark A Steiner » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:24 pm

jdorje wrote:
Matt wrote:The view from this summit is one of the finest in the land. Peaks in CO, even ones with more prominence (like Elbert) don't offer the expansive, endless 360 degree views that peaks like Humphreys can.


+1. I've never climbed (hiked) it, but in driving around the southwest you can see it from EVERYWHERE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_the_most_isolated_major_summits_of_the_United_States

6000' of prominence connects it to its line parent to the eastish, in the San Juans. But it has huge (6000'+) local rise in all directions. Try to pick a clear day.

Visibility was a problem the day I hiked it. A recent snowstorm was clearing out, but most of the panorama was obscured by summit clouds, a frequent occurrence on these peaks.

On the other hand as you drive, these peaks are visible from these AZ points: from I-17 south of Cape Verde; from the east on I-40 near Holbrook, and from the north on the Kaibab Plateau north of the North Rim, Grand Canyon. From the west they may be viewed on I-40 between Williams and Ash Fork, but maybe someone else has seen them farther west than this. Also if you come from Four Corners you can see them on US 160 between Cow Springs and Tonalea TP, more than 80 miles distant.
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Re: Humphreys Peak

Postby spiderman » Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:46 pm

Matt wrote:The view from this summit is one of the finest in the land. Peaks in CO, even ones with more prominence (like Elbert) don't offer the expansive, endless 360 degree views that peaks like Humphreys can.


The only peak in CO with more prominence is Elbert. Humphreys is ranked 26th on the list of Ultras, compared to 37 and 46 for Pikes and Blanca, respectively. I gotta agree with Matt that the views are spectacular and well worth the hike. You feel that you are standing atop the corpse of a once-mighty monster. It was a half-day hike in the summer, but probably a fun full-day expedition in the winter if the snow is deep.

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