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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2014
big_load
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,700 ft AEG
 
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Despite the previous day's ordeal, Cousin G. and Mrs. big_load were up for another crack at the Inner Basin. We started about five hours earlier, which gave us a cool, dry start.

They were suckered in by the lupines, penstemons, and columbines, then by the Aspen Groves, enough to think they were having fun at comparatively low elevations. Their enjoyment grew as we reached the Inner Basin, despite a brief shower (this time with rain gear for everyone). That's when I made the big pitch: let's go for the Weatherford Trail, in which case we might as well go for Fremont Saddle. It was an easier sale than I expected, and we continued on up.

Fremont Saddle proved to be exactly the crowd-pleaser I had hoped, although I must admit that it made me more profoundly happy than anyone else to revel in the cool breeze. They were a bit tired by then, and nobody wanted to go for the Hump. (I didn't consider a real possibility, anyway).

The sky darkened in mid-afternoon, and we got out just as the thunderstorms broke loose. On the way back, Cousin G. noticed a cave/prospect next to one of the scree fields and got some pics. Does anyone know what this is?

Anyway, this is one of my favorite AZ hikes.
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