Travelers might not expect a snow-covered mountain in Arizona, but Humphreys Peak at 12,637 feet in the San Francisco Peaks stands above the entire state as an incongruously frosty beacon.
The San Francisco Peaks are the remains of an ancient eroded stratovolcano north of Flagstaff. This range is sacred to Native American tribes in the area. The Navajo call Humphreys Peak "Doko’oosliid" or "Abalone Shell Mountain," and the peak is their Sacred Mountain of the West that once marked the border of their old territory. The peak is also sacred to the Hopi, who associate it with the cardinal direction of southwest.
In winter, the mountains are a prime skiing destination at the Arizona Snowbowl. In face the Humphreys Peak Trail starts at the base of the ski lifts. The trail is avalanche-prone in winter and very windy in spring so summer is the preferred climbing season. There may even be snow on the trail in June, and monsoons may strike the Flagstaff area from July to September. The hike on this trail is 4.8 miles to the peak of this sacred mountainnn.