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Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 24 2007
Grasshopper
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.56 mph
3,050 ft AEG
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On this, our last full camping & hiking day at Lockett Meadow Campground, two of us decided to try Nick's hike & suggested route to summit Doyle Peak(11,460') and back via the entire Inter Basin Tr from Lockett Meadow to the Weatherford Trail & then the final off trail bushwhacking up (way up) to Doyle Peak summit.

We started this hike at 8am from Lockett Meadow and with breaks/pics/lunch returned back to our campsite at 2:45pm. From Lockett Meadow, we went up and came back down that "Secondary Inner Basin Tr" as described in my 8/22/07 triplog: Inner Basin TR/Waterline-Loop.

This was my first hike on the Inner Basin Trail past the Waterline Rd intersection. Nick's well done trail descriptions & comments along with Steven's(from his "Inner Basin Trail" description), pretty much tell the scenic story regarding this area and the Weatherford Tr section that I can only confirm and not really add much too. I will say that the highlight of this segment of the hike for me from Lockett Meadow to the Doyle/Fremont Saddle was the approach to this saddle(at 10,575') on the Weatherford Trail..just a wonderful panoramic view up & all around of many of the San Francisco Peaks surrounding you with a special view down at the scenic Inner Basin area you just hiked through and with a better view of what you are about to attempt to climb up- Doyle Peak.

When you reach this Doyle/Fremont Saddle at 10,625' you recall Nick's comment to try and take the off trail "path of least resistance" to the top. To the two of us, looking up from the saddle, this Peak looked like it was going to be like trying to climb a pyramid..ie-looked the same going up regardless of where you started. Well, to make a long story short, we did it, but we could not find a "path of least resistance" going up or coming back down. The coming back down part was very slow & the most difficult due to steep angles and loose, rocky footing with very little that was stable to hang on to. It was very easy to fall and bust your fanny and we did a few times!

When we finally reached the Doyle Peak Summit(11,460') on the West side for lunch at 11:30am, we kind-of forgot about the hassle to get up there because the views to the West looking straight at(fm right to left):
Rees Peak (11,474 feet), Aubineau Peak(11,878 feet), Humphreys Peak(12,633 feet), Agassiz Peak (12,356 feet), Fremont Peak, (11,969 feet)
was just completely worth the effort..Just a very nice ending lunch spot!

Also, on the final leg to the top, just East of that False Summit that Nick speaks about (note: a large cairn here), about 50 yards to the East of this cairn there is an old rock cabin with a tin roof built into the ground that one can enter via an open door area. In this old underground cabin hanging from one of the walls, there are pots, pans, a tin cup, a spatula, a dust broom and pan, and a sign in there that reads: Old Doyle Peak Cabin. A pretty cool find, but we had no idea why someone would be living way up there in the middle of no where unless it was for the views! We saw no signs of mining or such in the immediate area.

Overall a great out and back hike..and..next time I can just enjoy hiking to the saddle and back and say: "see that peak up there, I have already done that, so no need to do it again"..or..maybe attempt a real pyramid summit up Fremont Peak! :)
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