Humphreys Cirque

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Humphreys Cirque

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

Administrator: Y.C.

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The Bowl

Steep wide open bowl.  The bowl tops out in the 30 degrees so only ski this in times of pretty safe avalanche conditions.  If you go too far to the north there is a MONSTROUS cornice usually there so watch out for that.  You'll ski down to a bench which makes a great island of safety to watch your buddies from (pick your location wisely).  After that there are a few mellow tree shots that you can pick up further to the east that will add into the descent and take you right back to where the road first switchbacks.  Be careful though, even these tree chutes can have pretty high avy danger.

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Details

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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