Humphrey's Peak

Cococino National Forest – Sunset at Humphrey’s Peak

Date of Visit: Monday November 9th, 2015

Attractions/Places of Interest:

Our final destination for the day was quite an unexpected adventure. The plan was to drive up to the summit of Humphrey’s Peak for sunset…however road and weather conditions quickly changed as we moved from desert….to snow. Located in the Cococino National Forest, Humphrey’s Peak has an elevation of close to 13,000 feet. It sounded like a promising location for a great view; we didn’t think it quite through though. The higher in elevation we drove, the more snow there was on the ground. Mind you we’re in a mini-van, not a 4×4 truck. As ambitious as we are we kept driving as far as we could before we got stuck in snow.

With the sun starting to set there was a fear of being stuck in darkness on a mountain in the middle of nowhere. Luckily there is strength in numbers, and even luckier for us there was someone heading down the mountain. We struggled for a very long 20 minutes before we were able to turn the car around on a narrow snow covered road and still managed to capture the remainder of the sunset illuminating the mountain.

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Photo and Travel Gear:

Since we didn’t make it to the top, I cannot give my opinion on what would work best up there. The shot taken from the road was with my Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 on my Sirui tripod and Induro BHD2 ballhead. You will not need any other glass here if you just want a standard landscape shot.


We called it a day and headed to Maswik Lodge in Grand Canyon Village, AZ for some grub and local brews. The lodge leaves a lot to be desired, however the location was perfect as it was inside of the park and close to the trailhead of the hike we had planned for the next morning.