Over the summer my group of friends and I went up to Flagstaff to hike the highest mountain in Arizona, Humphreys Peak. While 10 miles in total might not sound too tough, the hike is not a leisurely one. In our group of five, we had hikers of all different levels (two ex-military, two amature hikers and one extreme hiker) but each of us will complete the journey. The trail started off easy with mostly flat ground but that easy trail soon gave way to steep, rocky inclines.
In the summer Flagstaff is home to many gorgeous flowers. Along the way, we stopped to look at the beautiful scenery. Everywhere we looked, the mountain was covered with all kinds of plants and flowers. We even ran into some elk along the way. I picked this bouquet of wildflowers to be our good luck charm on our journey.
We reached the halfway point and lunch was starting to sound really good. We decided to take a break and fuel up for the last section of the trail. We had only covered three miles but the steep and straight incline made it feel like more. Looking over the mountain’s edge, we were encouraged when we saw how much progress we had made.
We continued on what felt like a never-ending trail. At this point we were all tired and our legs began to hurt. What made it worse was that you could see the summit but instead of it coming closer to you, it felt like it was moving farther away. We were now above the treeline, so we had to tackle the rocky push to the top while being pelted by the wind.
Finally we made it. We reached the top of Mount Humphreys! Everyone screamed with excitement as the journey had paid off with an amazing view. It felt like I could see the entire state. It was breathtaking. Suddenly everyone was filled with energy as they saw what they had accomplished. After enjoying a special kind of peace while sitting and taking it all in, we readied ourselves for the trek down.
The end of the journey and one that will be remembered. Everyone agreed that while we might not want to do it every weekend, we all pledged to make it an annual hike.