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Inner Basin Cirque HikeFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 2,844 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   7 Hrs   13 Mns   2.21 mph
2,844 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
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I have been wanting to do this hike for a while, and I figured that I'd go do the hike and check out the aspen leaves. The aspens were amAZing, so this turned out to be a great time to do the hike.

We hit the trail at 6:30 AM, and we had the trail to ourselves on the way up.There were lots of yellow aspen leaves along the way! I had heard reports of nice fall color on the Waterline Road, so we continued on the Waterline Road a half mile or so past the IB turn, and then turned around and headed back up the Inner Basin. The colors on the Waterline Road were definitely nice!

We went a short distance up toward the Inner Basin and then took the old service road up to Flagstaff Spring. The service road was decent to hike on, and there some nice aspens to view along the way. It was a steep climb up to the cirque past Flagstaff Spring, but it wasn't too bad. I thought the cirque was awesome -- the views were outstanding and it was really quiet in there.

On the way back we cut off the service road and hit the IB trail at the emergency shelter. It was there that we saw the first other humans of the day -- in addition to lots of unleashed dogs. The views were really nice in the IB. Oh the way back, instead of going down the switchbacks and dealing with the mob of people -- we continued on the Waterline Road and then took a loop on FR 6437 down to the Lockett Meadow campground. There were lots of aspens on the Waterline Road, and the views on the forest road were great! We only saw 2 other people until we got to the campground.

There were lots of cars parked every which way when we got back. The forest service has a limit of 100 cars in Lockett Meadow on a weekend, and there were well over 100 cars in there on this Wednesday afternoon.

I really enjoyed being in the cirque, and I plan to go back late next spring or early next summer.
Flora
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Quaking Aspen
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Flagstaff Spring Humphreys Peak
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
The aspen leaves on this hike are about as good as it gets. If you want to enjoy some fall foliage,the time to go is right now.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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