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Inner Basin Cirque HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2010
Jim_H
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   5 Hrs      2.10 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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I swapped this hike from Saturday to today so I could do some other things yesterday. It worked out that I got to watch the Hardy Fire yesterday. See those photos. Never in a million years would I have thought that less than 24 hours after the Hardy Fire an even larger fire would break out.

I left my home later than I wanted to, around 11:15 or so. As I passed Mt Elden on US HWY 89 I spotted a few puffs of light smoke in Schultz Pass. As soon as I saw that I knew there was going to be a massive fire today, but nothing even approaching what has since occurred. I stopped and took some photos in the Black Bart Park area and continued up to Lockett.

I parked at Lockett Meadow and started hiking at 12:10 PM. I went as fast as I could and reached the Inner Basin entrance at 12:40. I talked briefly with some folks from the Country Club area of east Flagstaff that told me they had come up to escape the smoke from the Hardy Fire. I told them what I had seen earlier on my drive up. The woman's response was, " I hate to see those lovely aspen on the Weatherford Trail burn", or something very similar to that. I told her the aspen would regenerate, and to enjoy the clean air while they could. Still, at this point no visible smoke from the fire. Several parties of hikers were descending. I started back up at a much faster than normal pace.

Around 1PM I stopped and looked back towards Lockett. The smoke coming over the ridges was now visible, and growing more impressive by the second. I kept on hiking up. I stopped and started uncountable times turning back and taking over 150 photos of this event. I also took video as well.

I started to not pay a lot of attention to the route I was on and was just going up to take photos and video. Eventually I was scrambling on one of the ridges that leads to the Summit of Humphrey. Boy, those Humphrey hikers must have some impressive photos. I really didn't like what I was getting into, so I crossed an unstable scree slope that was prone to sliding and descending some more stable talus. I came down to the bottom of the last grade before the cirque and climbed up it into the cirque. It was only 3:30 and I was here, so why not? I entered the cirque, stopped, took some pics, and then turned back towards Lockett. I left the cirque at 3:45.

I rushed back to Lockett and got there at 5:10PM. When I was almost back to my car I ran into 2 FS guys in a truck driving up into the Basin to look for another party that was still out there. I told them I hadn't seen them because I had been in the cirque. I had to explain to them what the cirque was. I got back to my car and found a note on my windshield. It read "USFS, Fire in area. Evacuate Immediately. Drive Safely." I realize I didn't make the smartest choice overall to continue with my hike, but if anyone could actually miss that smoke plume, they shouldn't be driving at all. I then drove much faster than ideal on the road out. The smoke was incredible. I could see the spot fire burning east of 89 on Sunset Crater property. This spot fire was a 1/2 mile in front of the main head of the fire. I attached myself to a convoy of vehicles being evacuated from Wupatki/ Sunset crater and drove back to town. Going through the smoke on 89 meant periods of zero visibility and lots of fire fighters burning out the fuels adjacent to the west side of 89. The 89 Mesa Fire in May was in this area, but that was moot now.

I stopped numerous times and got pics of the fire from Doney Park, and of the Schultz Pass area from Buffalo Park. This was exactly like the photos I remember of the 1988 fires in Yellowstone, except ponderosa isn't supposed to burn like lodgepole.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMMvF4XZi2g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc4Jz06Ufbo
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