Humphreys Peak

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Humphreys Peak, located within the Intermountain West mountain range, is the highest point in Arizona, reaching an elevation of 12,633 feet (3,851 meters). This prominent summit is a popular destination for mountaineers and hiking enthusiasts, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. It is situated within the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, providing a diverse and picturesque alpine environment.

During the winter season, Humphreys Peak receives a significant amount of snowfall, transforming it into a winter wonderland. The snowpack range varies from year to year, but it typically accumulates between 100 and 200 inches (250 to 500 cm). This abundant snowpack makes it a prime location for winter activities such as snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, and snowboarding.

The mountain's snowmelt feeds into several creeks and rivers in the region, including the Rio de Flag, Walnut Creek, and the Little Colorado River. These water sources provide vital sustenance for the flora and fauna in the surrounding areas.

Named after General Andrew A. Humphreys, a notable U.S. Army officer and topographical engineer, the peak holds historical significance. It was officially named in 1873 by Captain George M. Wheeler, in honor of General Humphreys' contributions to mapping the region during his time in the Army Corps of Engineers. Apart from its historical significance, Humphreys Peak also carries interesting lore and legends among the locals, adding an air of mystique to the mountain.

June 22, 2024







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