|when||Saturday, September 29, 2018|
Starting at 8,565 feet from Lockett Meadow, the trail climbs gradually
but steadily through thick forests of pine, fir, and aspen to the Inner Basin of the
San Francisco Peaks. The Inner Basin is actually the inside of a collapsed volcano
created from one of Mt. Humphrey’s past eruptions over a million years ago.
The city of Flagstaff gets much of its water supply from the Inner Basin, and we
will pass two large pump houses along the way that supply this water to the city.
At 1.5 miles we’ll reach a trail junction consisting of several service roads and a cluster of buildings. We’ll take the middle road at this junction and make a left turn shortly beyond. We then follow this road for another half mile into the Inner Basin. The basin is a wonderland of expansive meadows and wildflowers surrounded by dense forests of Douglas fir, blue spruce, and acres of aspen. The entire basin itself is then surrounded by the towering San Francisco Peaks of Humphreys, Agassiz, Fremont, and Doyle. We’ll plan on stopping here for lunch, photo opportunities, and exploring before returning to the trailhead on the same route.
This hike is described in Flagstaff Hikes by Richard & Sherry Mangum, 6th edition, page 82.
This hike is described in Arizona’s Best Wildflower Hikes: The High Country by Christine Maxa, page 52.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||6 miles round trip|
|time||4-5 hours with lunch|
|EC||+-1500' elevation change|
|elevations||8,562' at the trailhead to 9,797' at the Inner Basin|
|on trail||100% — Inner Basin Trail #29|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
You must e-mail leader to confirm.
Limit of 16 people (4 cars) due to limited parking spaces at Lockett Meadow.
|meet||6:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.|
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