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3 Great Hikes in Flagstaff, AZ!

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humphrey's peak flagstaff, highest peak in arizona, best hikes in arizona, where to hike in arizona, things to do in flagstaffThe trail is rocky, rooty and very steep. With 3 false summits, you’ll be begging for the top, but with Sunset Crater in the distance and the Grand Canyon visible on the horizon, the views are just enough to keep you going until you finally reach that glorious summit.

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4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Joshua Patrick

    November 2, 2015

    Beautiful pics. Cherish every moment. Keep living it up!!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      November 3, 2015

      Thank you Joshua!!

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    Vidya Murugan

    October 27, 2015

    love that eclipse picture!!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      October 27, 2015

      Thank you!! It was such a gorgeous night!

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