Humphrey's Peak: San Francisco Mountains

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The San Francisco Mountains are located in north central Arizona, north of Flagstaff. It is famous for it's highest peak, Humphrey Peak. The highest peak in the state of Arizona; at a little over 12, 600 feet high. The San Francisco Peaks are a prominent feature of the southern Colorado Plateau. Thought by some geologists to be the remains of a large erosion of the strato-volcano similar to Mt. St. Helens in Washington State, the Peaks rise in dramatic isolation to over 12,000 feet. An aquifer within the Caldera supplies much of Flagstaff's water while the mountain itself is located within the Coconino National Forest and is the site of much outdoor recreation. 

As we drove through Southern Utah and into north eastern Arizona, the beauty of Humphrey's peak greeted us from miles away. I told Mark, I should like to come back and hike to Humphrey's Peak. We did no stop to visit the area due to time factors. We were trying to make it back to Tucson at a decent hour. For the Skii lover however, I understand this is a great place to be in the winter. Anyone attempting to climb San Francisco Mountain and reach the summit should look for detailed information on the San Francisco Mountain area in the topographic map (topography map) and the Humphreys Peak USGS quad. To hike and explore the Arizona outdoors near San Francisco Mountain, check the list of nearby trails.

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