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Written by Mare Czinar Category: Citizen Hiker (hiking blog) Issue: July 2016
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When Elisabeth and Philip Haugan of Prescott decided to carry the American flag up to Flagstaff’s Humphreys Peak on July 4, 2015, it marked the beginning of an annual patriotic statement. “We plan to do it again this year and annually on the 4th of July,” Elisabeth says. Share your Arizona trail adventures on our new monthly hiking page.

 

When Elisabeth and Philip Haugan of Prescott decided to carry the American flag up to Flagstaff’s Humphreys Peak on July 4, 2015, it marked the beginning of an annual patriotic statement. “We plan to do it again this year and annually on the 4th of July,” Elisabeth says. “My husband is a Marine Corps veteran... He loves our country and thought this would be an awesome thing to do on Independence Day. Everyone else seemed to love it, too. Philip got a lot of high-fives on the trail and then had a long line of people taking pictures with the flag at the saddle and the summit.”

The couple has an affinity for the strenuous trail. “The sense of accomplishment is amazing. Everyone on the trail feels it together – all the hikers encourage one another, so the sense of camaraderie is great. I love it so much that I had the San Francisco Peaks tattooed on the back of my neck after our second hike!”

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IF YOU GO

Humphreys Peak Trail

LENGTH: 9.6 miles roundtrip

RATING: difficult

ELEVATION: 9,270’ - 12,633’

GETTING THERE: 

In Flagstaff, go 7.5 miles north on US 180 to milepost 223, turn right onto Snowbowl Road and continue 6.2 miles to the Humphreys trailhead on the left. Hike begins on the northwest side of the parking lot. Roads are paved up to the parking lot.

 

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