Trail up Humphreys still snow-covered

2010-05-31T05:00:00Z Trail up Humphreys still snow-coveredDAILY SUN STAFF Arizona Daily Sun
May 31, 2010 5:00 am  • 

If it's Memorial Day, then it must be the start of the season to climb Humphreys Peak, which is about a mile and a half lower in elevation than Denali.

Sunday saw a crowded Snowbowl parking lot at the trailhead.

But trip reports were mixed. Deep snow covered the upper parts of the trail in the trees to Doyle Saddle -- so much so that many hikers couldn't find it.

From there to the peak, most of the trail had been cleared of snow by the hot May sun, although there were still pockets of the white stuff.

Some of the hikers in tennis shoes said they wished they had worn hiking boots, and those in boots wished they had crampons and poles. Many advised leaving plenty of extra time this year for the round-trip -- the footing is more uncertain than usual.

No falls or injuries had been reported as of about 2 p.m., but it's likely to be another two weeks before the snow below treeline melts down to reveal the trail and make for an easier hike.

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