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Rees Peak from Lockett Meadow, AZ
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Rees Peak from Lockett Meadow, AZ 
Rees Peak from Lockett Meadow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,812 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.28 mph
2,812 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break
 
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This was day 3 of my Tour de Flagstaff, and I really wasn't sure what hike to do but I figured that with all of the color from the aspens that I couldn't go wrong with starting in Lockett Meadow and going up the Inner Basin Trail.

I got to the TH early and only saw one other person on my way up to the Waterline Road. I took a right on the Waterline Road and headed over toward the Bear Jaw Trail. There are lots of nice aspens to be seen from the Waterline Road right now, so this part of the hike was very, very nice. Before I got to the Bear Jaw Trail I decided to go offtrail and go up to Rees Peak. I followed a route that @The_Eagle, @joebartels, and @BiFrost did about 4 years ago. This was a nice route up to Rees -- the grade was relatively modest until I got to about 10,800 feet, at which point it was steeper up to the summit.

There were really nice views from the summit looking down into the Inner Basin. I thought about going over to Abineau, but I didn't have enough lead in my pencil today for that one! So I just reversed course and headed back the way that I came. However, before I got to the Inner Basin Trail, I took the old road back to the TH so as to not have to deal with all the masses of people that were likely on the trail. I am sure that I saw less than 10 people on this hike.

Now is a good time of year to be up there -- the aspens are amAZing!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Aspen leaves are awesome right now, and they are about as good as it gets. There are still a few green leaves, but there are a few trees with no leaves, and in places the ground covered with yellow leaves.
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