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Inner Basin Cirque HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Snowshoeing avatar Mar 15 2010
Jim_H
Snowshoeing13.00 Miles 3,720 AEG
Snowshoeing13.00 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.49 mph
3,720 ft AEG
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I'd say the winter season is over. It feels that way at least. Hopefully, we will still get another good sized snow storm, but the sun is strong, the air is warm, and the snow in the sun is turning to slop. The peaks had a good amount of powder last week and in the shade it is still deep, but when it's in the sun it's a real pain to walk in as it sticks to your shoe and adds a lot of weight to each step. The powder is a pain too, but only because it's so deep and soft in the shady places.

I was really naive when I started out today as I foolishly thought I was going to make a summit of Humphrey from the cirque. I knew by lunch that it wasn't going to happen. By the time I made the cirque I was exhausted and I never would have enjoyed any summit if I pressed on. It would have come well after dark so it would never have been worth it anyway. What took me 6 hours to go up took 2:45 to come down. The snow felt like it fought you at every step going up, but that makes it easier to go down.

I'm glad I did this hike under these conditions. It was really beautiful and it's really nice to see the Inner Basin and the cirque in late winter. I think I was actually a few weeks too late to have optimal snow conditions, but I got there anyway. Really, the hike would be a lot more enjoyable, even under the spring conditions, if the road was open to Lockett. I hate the road up.
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