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Snowslide Spring via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking9.75 Miles 2,774 AEG
Hiking9.75 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.02 mph
2,774 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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My son and I have been trying to get our schedules to coincide. It finally worked out Saturday.

He really wanted to go up and photograph Lockett Meadow, even though I told him it'd be past prime.
He said he wanted to photograph Sunrise or Sunset there. Knowing he wouldn't want a 3:15am leave time from the Valley, we got to the TH around 9am and planned to spend the day roaming around the area. We actually got a spot in the front row.

I wanted to visit a canyon/spring that'd been on my list awhile, so we made that our destination with lots of time for photos on the way.

The aspens were at least a week past their prime, but there was still some vibrant pockets hanging around. Sweet views. We started seeing snow at about 9,500'. By the time we got to our spot to turn up the canyon (10,000') the ground was snow covered in all the exposed areas. A mile later and 1000' higher, the snow was calf to knee deep in spots.

We saw water from the spring beginning .2 of a mile away by some sort of a grate structure. There was evidence of an old sign there.
We continued on to the spring itself, which is located at the base of a rocky mound.

Back on down and we had some lunch at a dry spot and then I took him past the Snowtel site. :next: fam.nwcg.gov/roman/ ... SCA3

So, now back on the Inner Basin Trail, after 3pm ish, (ie, less than 2 hours of light) I'm still amazed at the amount of people still going up. People in street shoes and skirts, people with babies in back packs, tourists with cameras, people wrapped in blankets, people on clearly their first hike EVER. Also, for the first time, I passed 3 Elk hunters, in full camo, with their rifles, going up to camp for the night.

We made it back to the truck and drove to find a place in the Meadow for my son to set up for a Sunset. It wasn't going to be what he wanted, but we'd come this far, might as well wait it out and do what he could.

A fun day with my son! He got a bunch of photos. I guess I'll have to see if any are Arizona Highways Magazine worthy. If you happen to get the Arizona Highways Magazine, check out this Month (Oct 2015, Page 5), that his.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate

dry Jack Smith Spring Dry Dry
There was water there, but it's all enclosed and locked

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Locket Meadow Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
plenty to filter

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Plenty to filter

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Snowslide Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Beautiful clear cold water
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