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Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ
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Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees & Abineau via Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking15.43 Miles 4,390 AEG
Hiking15.43 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.16 mph
4,390 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Based on the colors at Elden last week, we knew we had to get back up to Flagstaff and get to the Inner Basin color show. We knew this would be peak peekin' season at the Peaks. Starting at 8am, got us a close parking spot and allowed us to avoid the masses on the way up.

Up the Inner Basin trail #29, I always enjoy this one.... when it's not fall and especially in the fall. Just a beautiful trail that meanders the switchbacks up to the Warterline Trail #146. Definitely one of my favorites.

At our turn for the Waterline Trail, we would not see another soul for quite awhile. Roughly following a previous Chums route, we off trailed it up to Rees Peak approaching it from the ENE. It's a 1.75 mile 1,800' climb to this bad boy. I was concerned for downfall for the climb, but that was never a factor at all. This is a worthy peak for the views!

Rees Peak Video :next: https://youtube.com ... OdTo

With weather rolling in, we talked about our choices and decided to continue. We continued our contour of the ridge-line over to Abineau. In .6 mile you drop 200, before climbing 600' to this peak. There is a perfect spot at the top for lunching on this one. On the way up we got some moisture mostly in the form of hail. This resulted in a beautiful Rainbow that anchored one side of itself to the Golden Aspens.

Abineau Peak Video :next: https://youtube.com ... cAiM

We decided at this point to descend the ridgeline between Rees Canyon and Bear Jaw Canyon. We stumbled on some minor parts of the B-17 Wreckage from 1944. We did a cursory look for some of the larger pieces, but found no more in the brief time we checked.

We passed a couple of interesting stands of leaning aspens on our way down before hitting the Waterline Trail again. There's plenty of easy color to be found on this trail. We saw a few MTB'ers, but was surprised we did not see more.

Back on the Inner Basin trail, descending to the parking lot, it's always fun to people watch. From Full packs to no packs... From Hiking Boots to Vans and dress scandals.... From brand new, clean and pressed complete hiking outfits to jeans so tight you have a guessing game to determine how they'd gotten into them.

Karl made a new friend on the drive out.
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