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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:03 pm 
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Our plan, so far, is to stay the night in Flagstaff on June 26th and summit Mount Humphreys on June 27th. The remaining summer will depend on finances and time.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
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Ten years ago we made a successful summit to New Mexico’s tallest peak (Wheeler Peak 13,161). There are two trail access points, one from Red River and the other from Taos. We chose to do an overnight trip from the Red River trailhead. After discussing a possible second summit with Sarah, we both concluded that it wasn’t worth the cost and time to summit a high point that we already bagged. So technically speaking, Wheeler Peak, NM was our first State high point.
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This thread is awesome! I am a land surveyor and love hiking.

Try this one out for size

Ebright road in Wilmington Delaware, a whopping 300 foot hike from the road and a very high elevation of just under 448 feet


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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
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bobandcar wrote:
This thread is awesome! I am a land surveyor and love hiking.


You should start bagging some states!

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Try this one out for size

Ebright road in Wilmington Delaware, a whopping 300 foot hike from the road and a very high elevation of just under 448 feet


"Officially recognized as having an elevation of only 448', Ebright Azimuth is the second-lowest State Highpoint (only approximately 100' higher than Florida's State Highpoint, Britton Hill). The highpoint is a virtual drive-up and can be visited year-round."

http://www.summitpost.org/ebright-azimuth/154722

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:00 am 
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Assuming that all goes well on Mount Humphreys, it’s looking like we’ll have enough funding to head over to Colorado and attempt Mount Elbert.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:03 pm 
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Location: Arizona
Peak: Humphreys Peak 12,633 ft.
Trailhead: Snow Bowl Ski Parking Lot 9,279 ft.
Elevation Gain: 3354 ft.
Distance (Round Trip): 9.0 miles
Difficulty: 6
Route Conditions: Maintained trail with some scrambling at the top.
Total Time: 8 hours

As scheduled, we carefully summited Arizona’s tallest peak marking our second state completion.

We hit the trail at 6:00 AM (Arizona Time). The trail started off in the aspen trees. There were lots of rocks and roots throughout the forested part of the trail.

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As you can see, the trail was intensely rocky at times.

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This was our first view when leaving the tree line.

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Now that we’re above the tree line, the temperatures are colder and we’re exposed to very windy conditions. I removed my sweaty short sleeve silk weight shirt and replaced it with a dry merino wool long sleeve shirt and fleece vest. I also put on my hat for sun protection and to hold as much heat as possible. I’m guessing it was near freezing temperatures towards the top.

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Sarah was previously hiking in a short sleeve capilene shirt. She covered herself with a lightweight fleece jacket and put on lightweight capiline gloves. Since her hands were ice-cold, she initially needed the gloves for warmth; however, gloves were recommended towards the summit due to the rocky handholds. Mount Humphreys is a volcano which means the rocks are porous and very sharp. Trust me, those rocks are very unforgiving. The gloves do provide some degree of protection.

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The peak that you see in this photo is a false peak. There are a total of three false peaks on this particular summit.

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I tried to post these pictures in chronological order. I believe this photo was the completion of the first false peak.

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I’m not sure, but I think this photo was taken after completing the second false peak.

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This photo was taken at the third false peak which is within 15 minutes of the summit.

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We finally summited. :mrgreen:

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According to the GPS, it took us 4.12 hours to reach the summit.

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Here are views from the top. Supposedly you can see the Grand Canyon from here.

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We're on our way back down

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
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Nice pictures :) I doubt I will go to the top of Humphreys, but I want to spend some time in the Flagstaff area.

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Nice pictures :) I doubt I will go to the top of Humphreys, but I want to spend some time in the Flagstaff area.


Thanks! We could have spent a few more days in and around Flagstaff, but we wanted to conserve funding for other travels. We did go to Sedona, Montezuma Well and Montezuma Castle while on this trip. I’ll post up pics in a different thread.

We were planning to head to Colorado to summit Mount Elbert but unfortunately the Leadville fire prevented us.

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 Post subject: Re: Hiking the highest points in each state
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Location: Texas
Peak: Guadalupe Peak 8,749 ft.
Trailhead: Pine Springs Campground 5,822 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2927 ft.
Distance (Round Trip): 8.5 miles
Route: Guadalupe Peak Trail
Difficulty: 5
Total Time: 4.5 hours
Date of Completion: 07-04-2012

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I was surprised to see that they have Alligator Junipers at this elevation and this far south.

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There’s lots of exposure on this trail.

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After leaving the rock face we went into some treed areas.

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You can see where we had been on the trail in this photo:

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There's actually a designated area for backcountry camping on top of this ridge. Even though the ridge is exposed, the camping area is nestled down into a grassy bowl.

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You can see where we hiked across the ridge

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We are on the north side in the trees before summiting:

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Again, you can see the trail on top of the ridge and how it drops down onto the rock face. If you look closely, you can see the man-made bridge on the rock face:

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Here's what the bridge looks like:

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Awesome Pics Rhett!

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Mt. Mitchell NC is about an hour and a half drive from my house via the Blue Ridge Parkway...

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Awesome Pics Rhett!


Thanks Gary. Sarah got tired of me asking her to stop and pose for pictures, but once she summited, then she wanted to celebrate with pictures. Image

Either way, the pictures don’t do these hikes much justice, but they do help validate that we were there. :mrgreen:

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Mt. Mitchell NC is about an hour and a half drive from my house via the Blue Ridge Parkway...


Nice! Have you hiked Mt. Mitchell?

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We have plans to bag another highpoint in December. The plan is to summit Taum Sauk located in Taum Sauk Mountain State Park, Missouri. The elevation is 1,772 feet.

Trail Info: http://www.summitpost.org/taum-sauk-mountain/154007

We've been slacking off! Here's what we have accomplished so far:

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It'll be interesting when you get around to Alaska... you know they have a lottery system to climb McKinley, right?

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It'll be interesting when you get around to Alaska... you know they have a lottery system to climb McKinley, right?


Alaska is very intense. An amateur, with money, who’s in great shape, with adequate equipment and training, accompanied by a proper guide, can summit Denali, but it's not a walk in the park. It can be life threatening, volatile, highly dangerous, and there's small windows of opportunity to make the summit. I would most likely attempt a 19,000’ + volcano in Mexico or Chile before attempting Denali.

I’m very much aware of the various types of permits and lottery systems. Short windows to summit and heavy usage are many of the reasons why special permits and lottery systems are put into place. Even Mount Whitney in California (tallest in the lower contiguous 48) requires permits. Depending on the route, some of those permits go fast. As for Denali, I would enjoy the climb with a team and staying at a basecamp. The cost to summit would be very expensive.

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A few years ago I tried to get 4 in 6 days. I managed to get OK, NM, and AZ done but fell short on NV. It was a solo trip and since NV was miles way off the beaten path I decided that it was to risky. There was no one else summiting that day and with no cell service I made the decision to try another time.
So far I have summitted AR, LA, FL, TX, OK, KS, NM, AZ. CO was another attempt but ended up about 700" short due to a rain storm. It was a tough call to turn back since it was the main part of our trip to CO. I also have the US lowest point (Death Valley) bagged. My next trip will be a south eastern trip since I can get many done in one swoop.

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CIMARRON13, you've bagged many of the same high points that we've done, or will be doing soon. If possible, post in this thread when you're in the process of making plans to attempt the next high pointer. 8)

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CIMARRON13, you've bagged many of the same high points that we've done, or will be doing soon. If possible, post in this thread when you're in the process of making plans to attempt the next high pointer. 8)


Will do. I was planning to do the my east coast trip last March but had to drive my Land Cruiser to Portland to drop off for diesel conversion. It ended up being a nice trip so no complaints. My original goal was to do at least 2-3 high points a year. That was back in 2006 when I was single and had big adventures on my mind. However my lady has been very supportive of my endeavors and has done AR, LA, KS and FL with me and our failed attempt at Mt. Elbert (CO). I don't get out as much as I used to do to our schedules. I still like to take at least three vacations a year but one is always saved for our family vacation with my girlfriends and her two boys (11 & 13). Mostly beach type places or amusement parks.
I doubt I will conquer the real hard ones like Oregon and Alaska. I like to hike/backpack but mountaineering doesn't really seem fun to me. My plan is to at least hit the base for a photo.

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