Monday, August 8, 2011

Slide Rock State Park

Can you believe I've lived in Arizona my entire life and had never been to Slide Rock before last week? I crossed another Arizona destination off my list with a visit to this popular landmark, which was teeming with visitors, so many that each car had to wait until a car exited the parking lot to enter. (It didn't take long, maybe about 10 minutes.)

I even cliff-jumped (scary):

Cliff-jumping was a popular activity that day, and while it seemed like a good idea at the time, I hurt myself in the process. For a week I had pain in my chest and ribs --enough that I saw a doctor.  I clearly have not mastered the art of the the cliff jump. Please be careful if you partake.

Things I wish I had known before I went to Slide Rock State Park:
  • Parking costs $20, and when it's crowded, you must wait for a car to leave. Visa debit cards are accepted.
  • The place is packed on weekends, so avoid it if you can.
  • Be careful cliff-jumping!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hiking Humphreys Trail to highest point in Arizona

It took about 8 hours, but I felt so accomplished for making it to the summit of Humphreys Peak.

Bring enough water and food, along with a sweatshirt or jacket, even in the summer. While the temperature was mild at the base, it's windy as you ascend.
The trail starts at the entrance to Snowbowl.  
It's a 4.8-mile hike to the summit. 

Notice the elevation change on your Humphreys Trail hike.
We took a break upon reaching the saddle to have lunch. We spotted some snow that hadn't yet melted.
At last, we reached the Humphreys Peak summit.

If you make the hike, be sure to leave some in the time capsule for fellow hikers to enjoy. We also signed our names in the guestbook to document our efforts. 

Take your time and soak in the views from the top. Face north and you might spot the Grand Canyon.