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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
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Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ 
Abineau - Bear Jaw Lasso Loop from Inner Basin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.70 Miles 2,977 AEG
Hiking16.70 Miles   7 Hrs   32 Mns   2.46 mph
2,977 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Shortly after noon on Friday, I got the FS News Release declaring a 100 vehicle limit for Lockett Meadow. With a hike from Inner Basin already planned, we decided to take our chances. If plan-A failed, other hikes in the area would suffice.

The road into Lockett Meadow was busy. A 4WD pickup leading a chain of sedans was hell-bent on keeping us all well-below the suggested speed limit. Cars leaving wasn't promising. The crawl-pace helped build anticipation, increase safety, or prime an excellent backcountry brawl. Parking at Lockett was not limited. Snagging a spot seemed impossible, but Bruce is a pro at squeezing into tight spots. The road never caught my attention until riding in a car. I'm not sure if @louie can negotiate the road or park his 25ft'r. FS says, not recommended. It would seem unwise during Autumnfest, if squeamish, or most importantly, not dry.

We had storybook weather for most of the hike. Autumn color was popping early on then waivered greener up though the nicest aspen-switchbacks in Arizona. Prime-season-hikers loaded the area with little kids, dogs, and hellos. A pinch of avid-to-experienced mini-groups were led with laser vision and grump-charm. Carpooling maximized, the least common denominator was solo hikers, notably sans kiddo/mutt.

We decided to switch up the planned off-trail Rees - Abineau Peaks Lasso Loop for accessible trails. 2020 has delivered the most scratchless hikes ever. Winning! Waterline Road was the most striking color. No oaks, but cooling-down weather, foliage, and company made for a great hike!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Autumn Foliage was fabulous. Color was best along Waterline Road.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
The October wildflower show is light, still impressive a hint exists.
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