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2011-08-21  
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Doyle Saddle via Inner Basin, AZ
2011-08-21
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Doyle Saddle via Inner Basin, AZ 
Doyle Saddle via Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking Aug 21 2011
Tough_Boots
Hiking17.00 Miles 3,755 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles
3,755 ft AEG
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I've always heard wonderful things about the Inner Basin and since the road to Lockett Meadow is still closed-- I figured now was the perfect time to check it out. I'm not big on crowds and the extra 3 miles each way is not enough to deter me.

The Inner Basin rules! This is now pretty high on my list of favorite trails. Hiking among those aspens is like being in a fairy tale world. I could live there. The rest of the way to Doyle Saddle is beautiful as well. It does, though, get steeper and steeper and just when you think you can't go on you hit the Weatherford trail which has a really nice gentle grade for that last mile to the saddle.

We finally reached Doyle Saddle and the clouds came rolling in. It began sprinkling and then we started getting nailed with pea sized hail. We decided to take cover under a big pine and wait it out. The storm seemed to be moving quick and we didn't want to risk hiking underneath the storm the whole way back. It didn't take long for things to clear up and we headed back down.

We made awesome time back down and got rained on a little during the last mile. All in all this was an awesome day. I can't wait to do this hike again!
MeteorologyRainbow
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