Humphreys Cirque

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Humphreys Cirque

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

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Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1.  The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length.  It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever.  It's also a very straight forward descent.  What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top.  This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required.  Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.

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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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