ElevationAscent: 3,270' 997 m
Descent: -3,268' -996 m
High: 12,584' 3,836 m
Low: 9,314' 2,839 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“Outstanding alpine scenery on a climb of Arizona's highest peak.”— Almonzo Wilder
In the winter, a backcountry permit from Coconino National Forest is needed for any travel in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.
At the saddle is the intersection of the Weatherford Trail, while the Humphreys Peak trail ascends the ridge to the north. It's a good idea to assess the weather before heading above the saddle, as the route is exposed and fully above treeline from here on out. The alpine walking roughly follows the main ridgeline, with a few steeper climbs and false summits adding to the difficulty. Eventually, the rounded true peak is reached, where tremendous views extend in all directions. On a clear day, the rim of the Grand Canyon stands out to the north, the Painted Desert to the northeast, the Mogollon Rim to the south. Once you've had your fill of the summit, head back down the way you came.
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Land Manager: USFS - Coconino National Forest Office
Jul 16, 2019: Temporary forest closure order in effect for Newman Fire
Jul 15, 2019: Heavy smoke expected from Newman Fire today