Humphreys Cirque

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Humphreys Cirque

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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The descent can start from the summit if you're eager to huck your meat off a 10 ft ledge into the couloir.  I imagine most people choose to start at the prominent notch just below the summit ridge.  Initially the slope is fairly mellow, but rolls over mid way down the couloir for an exciting short pitch of 40ish degree skiing.  The snow in the couloir may be kind of chunky from wet slide debris from the SE facing wall above and climbers right of the chute.  Not to worry though, the upper portion of the couloir itself is nicely sheltered from early morning sunhit.

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Humphreys Cirque is the obvious east facing bowl on the opposite side from the ski area.  The bowl starts from the summer trail sign at the lowest saddle between Mt. Humpreys and Agassiz Peak up to the summit of Humpreys. This area has a number of lines with the most classic known as Heck Yea.

How to Get There

The easiest way to access the Humprey's Cirque is to leave from the ski area.  Do not follow the summer trail unless there is no snow and you can hike to treeline.  The fastest way is to follow the ski run "Sundance" up the bowl and take the obvious ridge line up out of the bowl to the E/NE.  If you take the lift, follow the skin track across the bowl to the left/northeast.  The goal of both these routes is to end up at the saddle where there is a trail sign.  From here the Humpreys Cirque is directly in front of you.

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