The San Francisco Peaks are located just outside of Flagstaff,AZ.The Kachina Peaks wilderness is located here and a trail system runs thru it. We hiked the Humphries,Weatherford and Kachina trails here after finishing up our Grand Canyon hiking.
Weatherford trail junction
A hike of about 4 miles took us from the parking lot at the Snowbowl ski area up the Humphries Peak trail to the junction with the Weatherford trail. A wildfire was burning in the distance.
Hiking away from the trail junction.
views were rather impressive as we began our hike along the Weatherford trail. The rock formation at center was particularly striking.
Wesley hikes the Weatherford Trail
The trail was rather narrow as it snaked its way along the flanks of the peaks. Additionally the rubbley soil was slippery and caution was needed to avoid a fall.
Returning along the Weatherford Trail
We hiked out around a few peaks before turning back.
Hiking the Weatherford Trail
near top right center can be seen the twin summits of Humphries peak. At just over 12000 ft,it is the highest peak in AZ. Wes and I climbed it in previous years.
It was a warm day and we relaxed at this spot back near the trail junction to have lunch and take in the spectacular views.
This interesting formation was located at the spot where we stopped for lunch. It would be a good spot for someone to hide a geocache.
View from heights of Weatherford trail
Twin summits of Humphries peak---highest point in AZ as seen from Weatherford trail jct
Wes drinking from my lunch cooler
a closeup of the rock formation near the trail junction.
a view of the wildfire looking down towards the Arizona Snowbowl from the trail.
the Kachina trail leads through woods and open fields at the base of the Kachina peaks. It connects the Humphries and Weatherford trails.
Sunset Kachina Peaks
this beautiful sunset was witnessed from the parking area at the end of my hike