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Inner Basin Trail #29
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2018
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking9.30 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   0.98 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
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This was my fourth day camped at Lockett Meadow and my last planned hike. This one would be pushing my limits for a day hike at this altitude - it's tough getting old. : rambo : The plan was to start early allowing a lot of time to pace myself. Stopped at the Inner Basin shelter for a break and that's when the first 2 of 5 hikers I would encounter throughout the day caught up with me. The young couple were strolling along as if on a Sunday walk in the park rather than chugging uphill at 9800 ft elevation. Chatted with them briefly and then they were on their way with plans to hike to the top of Agassiz Peak. Once past 10000 ft I slowed way down stopping about every 10 paces to catch my breath. This was also the point where snow started to show up on the trail. It was still frozen on the shady side of the trail so I could walk on it with only occasional post holing. Stepping in other peoples tracks helped but when you step in a post hole made by someone wearing size 9 boots and you're wearing size 14 it's easy to get stuck. The mountain vistas and being in a green forest was well worth the effort.

I reached the Weatherford Trail after 5 hours on the trail and hiking 4.4 miles with 2400 AEG. I was pretty well tapped out and thankful that the return was all down hill. I encountered the two hikers I had met earlier in the Inner Basin Meadow. They moved much faster than me and probably reached the Weatherford Trail 1.5 hours before me. I was surprised to find out they had stopped here and hadn't gone on to Agassiz as initially planned. The charming young lady who spoke with a French accent was in good spirits but not so much her male friend. Unfortunately he tends to have a problem with onset of altitude sickness above 9000 ft and at 11000 ft wasn't feeling too well so they wisely had stopped their ascent upon reaching the Weatherford Trail.

I walked a short distance along the Weatherford looking for views in the gaps between trees. Took a few photos, ate lunch sitting in the sun on a boulder, and then started the return - a great day hiking the Inner Basin Trail.
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