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Oct 05 2019
Nightstalker
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking9.70 Miles 2,426 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   2.09 mph
2,426 ft AEG      56 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Hoped we timed the changing Aspens right and headed up for an Inner Basin hike this morning. Plenty of parking still available at 7am, but suspect not for long. Lots of big groups and a 50K run going on today. We hiked up to Weatherford and just a bit beyond to get over 11k feet. Aspens partially green and gold, and beautiful.
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Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ 
Snowslide - Fremont - Doyle, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking12.63 Miles 4,532 AEG
Hiking12.63 Miles   8 Hrs   43 Mns   1.76 mph
4,532 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
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Got started early to get past the green and into the gold by the time the sun cast the first light into the basin.

I left Joel to photo things and opted to continue up Snowslide Canyon, which I had not previously done. I was pleasantly surprised to hike along a flowing creek above the spring, enjoying the rare treat of listening to cascading water running in the basin.

From the spring I made a beeline to the first Weatherford switchback where I encountered an enormous and majestic elk buck hiking the trail just below treeline. I headed down to Doyle Saddle and then up to Fremont Peak. The old register is gone, and the new one was placed just this year. It was windy on the summit so I sheltered behind the rock wall for a bit and enjoyed the views. I spotted a group of 12 camped 1,100 feet below me at Fremont Saddle but they were gone before I got there. At this point I was pretty tired and it was a slow climb up to Doyle where I took another nice break. Somebody had placed a homemade flag up there which I dismantled and carried down with me.

Doyle is such a scenic peak, and the views along the ridge on the way down were a highlight today. Despite 9 hours of hiking in one of the premier fall hiking locations in the state, I didn't see HAZ members Nightstalker, Kingsnake, or caragruey -- in fact, I encountered exactly zero other hikers until I was back at the parking lot at the end of my hike! :y:
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Still early below the waterline road with mostly green aspens. Higher up some patches approaching prime. Virtually no leaves have fallen yet. The next week will provide excellent color and the beginnings of some good litter on the ground.
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Oct 04 2019
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking8.71 Miles 1,639 AEG
Hiking8.71 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.43 mph
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My first stop in this year’s fall color tour.

Even though I lived in Flagstaff for five years in the 1980s, I had never been to the Inner Basin.

Driving up I-17 from Phoenix, the top of the San Francisco Peaks was obscured by clouds. Visually, it looked like someone had lopped of the peaks with a sword. 🗡

I checked out the info kiosk at the Inner Basin Trailhead, then backtracked a hundred yards to a gated, unnumbered, jeep trail. I folowed that jeep trail for 1.5 miles to the intersection of Waterline Rd., where it reconnected to Inner Basin Trail #29. The color in there was decent, but most importantly, I was away from other people.

From the Waterline Rd. intersection, I again veered off Inner Basin Trail #29, opting for a continuation of the old jeep trail I had been on. Split right to follow my route; left to stay on Inner Basin Trail #29. There was some really good fall color, cheddar-colored quaking aspen, some of which framed Doyle Peak and Fremont Peak. After ⅔ of a mile, rather than continue up Beard Canyon to Bear Paw Spring or Flagstaff Spring, I turned left / south.

There is a small two-person shelter at the Inner Basin Pumphouse. Its back faces up canyon, from where the wind was blowing hard. I saw quite a few people bundled up, but I soldiered on in only my hiking shirt. Other than my ears, body heat compensated. I took a break on the leeward side of the pumphouse.

From Inner Basin, I took Trail #29 back to Waterline Rd. The color was only okay in that ¾ mile section, but a couple of Chinese tourists were sure enjoying it. 📸

I headed east on Waterline Rd., through the cathedral of quaking aspen. (Still only key lime-colored, but beautiful nonetheless.) There were quite a few bits of broken ceramic pipe along the road.

There is a gate just before Waterline Rd. changes from quaking aspen to grassland. I turned left, heading down the unnumbered jeep trail towards FR 553. The jeep trail had great views southeast towards Flagstaff’s outskirts, and east towards O’Leary Peak and Sunset Crater. The ridge top was only 100 ft. up. Though the ridge did not have the panoramic fall color view I had hoped for, it did have a great view north to SP Crater, Colton Crater and other volcanic formations on the Babbitt Ranch.

There were some small lupine along the jeep trail, nearly the only flowers I saw all day. (I saw one closed up Arizona Thistle and one purple daisy-like bloom: That’s it!) The top of the ridge had some dry grassy plant with a seed-filled pod that rattled when I brushed against it. I jumped a few times, before figuring out it was not snakes. 😏

At FR 553, I turned west returning to Lockett Meadow. There was some final good fall color in that short stretch between Sugarloaf Mountain and the meadow.

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Better on the jeep trail that parallels Inner Basin Trail #29.
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I could count them on one hand.
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Oct 03 2019
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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LJW
Hiking17.00 Miles 4,700 AEG
Hiking17.00 Miles   9 Hrs   10 Mns   2.55 mph
4,700 ft AEG   2 Hrs   30 Mns Break
 
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Friend and I wanted to get a summit from Lockett Meadow done before the snow starts falling on the peaks and were hoping we weren't too early for the changing of the colors in the Inner Basin. Made it to the summit, but the aspens were a week or so away from being fully autumned out.

Started at 6am saw no one on the Inner Basin/Weatherford Trails. Humphrey's saddle up and down was pretty busy, maybe a few more than a dozen groups of hikers, who were the only people we passed besides those in the Inner Basin on the way back.

From the top it looks like the colors haven't really started to change around the peak, although Kendrick's eastern slopes were a mosaic of color. Forest fire to the southeast and its drifting smoke blocked much the of the view to the east/southeast, and the view got hazier in general as the day went on.
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Sep 27 2019
DixieFlyer
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Fremont Peak via the Inner Basin, AZ 
Fremont Peak via the Inner Basin, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 3,499 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.34 mph
3,499 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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I had a couple of weekend hikes planned in Flag, and decided to go up a day early and hike up to Fremont Peak. I stolecopied this hike idea from @LindaAnn, and I used her excellent GPS track.

I basically took the Inner Basin Trail up to the Weatherford Trail, and from there turned right until I got Fremont Saddle, and then went off-trail up to the peak. It was a decent ascent/descent, although it was quite a bit easier going down than up.

It was a gorgeous fall day for a hike -- cool, crisp air and it was warm enough that no jacket was needed, even atop Fremont. The only downside is that there were very few yellow aspen leaves -- I was a bit early!
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There were very, very few yellow aspen leaves.
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Aug 25 2019
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Fremont Peak via Inner Basin, AZ 
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LindaAnn
Hiking12.81 Miles 3,421 AEG
Hiking12.81 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   1.72 mph
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Zero storms forecast = another mid-summer Peaks hike.

We got started from Lockett Meadow a little after 8:00, and headed up Inner Basin Trail. Only saw a few people. As usual, the aspens were nice to walk through. When we reached Weatherford, we took a right and headed up to Doyle Saddle, where we took a break before beginning the off trail portion up to Fremont. Basically followed the ridge southeast, then east, taking the path of least resistance through the trees. I like the easy scrambling in places. Once at the top, we took another break. I swore I could hear voices, and a few moments later, three more hikers appeared. We all chatted at the summit for a while before parting ways and heading back down to Doyle Saddle. Once back on Weatherford, it was an easy hike back down through the Inner Basin back to the trailhead. Perfect weather today, nice breeze at times. A little buggy at the top, but not too bad.

Is there no hike description for just Fremont Peak? I didn’t see one, but maybe I skipped over it—I want credit for my peak!!! :lol:
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Aug 10 2019
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking18.31 Miles 4,229 AEG
Hiking18.31 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   1.74 mph
4,229 ft AEG
 
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We decided to take the looong route up Humphreys because it's not hard enough on its own (ha haha). First, the road up to the Inner Basin Trail is extremely narrow and sketchy for a couple miles. It's fine for any vehicle but I would recommend going up the road at a less busy time of day so you're not stuck on the outside edge for the narrow steep passes. The Inner Basin Trail is absolutely gorgeous. The hike gradually climbs through a thick aspen forest with moss canopies covering rocks and bright orange fungus along the trail. Totally something straight out of a forest fairyland story. The trail continues up to a large meadow with yellow wildflowers galore. This is the first place you can get a good view of Humphreys and the elevation you're about to take on. The hike continues up a very rocky old road and then through forest again for a few more miles. We met the Weatherford Trail junction and kept cruising along. It is pretty much a continuous climb with some stretches requiring more exertion than others. Starting at the Inner Basin Trail actually adds about an additional 1,000 ft of elevation gain (and many more miles of beautiful scenery). Once we got to the saddle we were really feeling the altitude sickness and it continued the whole time we hiked the East side of Agassiz Peak. It's a weird feeling. We sat to rest and acclimate and my eyelids were actually closing even though I hadn't previously felt tired. My friend and I both felt woosey like we had been drugged or something. After resting a while we felt well enough to continue. We did stop a couple more times and continued on once the extreme feeling passed. Finally we met up with the more popular Humphreys Summit Trail and had way more company all of the sudden. Surprisingly, there were much fewer people on this beautiful weather day than on our previous ascent which was on a rainy foggy day. Go figure. Also, our altitude sickness magically disappeared! The last stretch to the summit is a unique experience with the alpine tundra landscape and views and is also just a monster to hike up. There is scrambling and rocky steep trail and seems to never end. Finally…the summit!! Yippee! We were lucky enough to enjoy one of those beautiful Arizona days with big clouds hovering and creating cool shadows but remaining high enough to allow for views for miles. It's incredible to look out towards Navajo/Hopi land and see where the landscape abruptly changes from green to pinks and oranges. Our total trip time was around 10 1/2 hours (including breaks) and mileage was recorded at 18.5 miles. The aeg was around 4,400 ft so great training hike for our R2R2R next week!
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Jul 13 2019
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Humphrey via Inner Basin, AZ 
Humphrey via Inner Basin, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking16.32 Miles 4,667 AEG
Hiking16.32 Miles   8 Hrs   19 Mns   2.30 mph
4,667 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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My son Ben had never been to the top of AZ. All the snow in The Peaks this year, kept us away from the Inner Basin, until this weekend. Ben is in training for a full Iron Man later this year, so he planned to make this a training run/hike also.

We kept an eye on the forecast with 40%-50% chances of T-Storms in the forecast all week.

The trail through the aspens in IB was magical as always.

My least favorite part of this hike is the section once you leave the open area of the IB, until you hit the Weatherford Trail. It's steep an rocky, making you look constantly at your feet.

On the Weatherford things get much nicer.
The stretch between Freemont Saddle and Humphreys Saddle has always been an AZ favorite of mine. Just one 30' section of snow to cross right around Agassiz Saddle at his pint.

As expected we started seeing more people at the Humphrey Saddle, but not as many as expected.

Perfect weather at 12,633', we started eating lunch up there until the gnats came out. We retreated to the saddle to finish.

This hike has 3 of my favorite features.
:next: The IB trail through the aspens.
:next: The weatherford Trail west of Freemont Saddle
:next: The views from the top of the HUMP.

Weather wise, this was probably the best ever.
A couple of sprinkles and hail, with more rain and thunder around us. Nice temps!

Always great being able to hike with my son!

Fast Fact: Flagstaff's Official high temp has never reached 100.
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dry Raspberry Spring Dry Dry
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dry Spring Water Valve Dry Dry
This water source no longer exist as of 7/13. Pipe has been capped off. :(
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ddgrunning
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 Gilbert, AZ
Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
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ddgrunning
Hiking17.07 Miles 4,399 AEG
Hiking17.07 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   2.12 mph
4,399 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
 
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Part 1 of our long 4th of July weekend involved an overnight kayaking trip on the Colorado from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry on July 4-5. I'll post a separate triplog for that. For Part 2, we drove down from Lee's Ferry and set up a dispersed camp off FR418, per the Coconino NF MVUM https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 575890.pdf; however, we saw several folks who had set up dispersed camps in other areas, not noted on the map. There were rangers at Lockett Meadow who, no doubt, drove by these sites, but I guess enforcement is lax--or maybe I'm missing something ....

In any event, we really liked our site, and it was only a short drive from there to the IB trailhead the next morning. With three kayaks strapped to the top of our car, we joked about telling folks at Lockett Meadow that we were misinformed about the size of the body of water near the campground. :lol:

We were on the trail by 8 a.m. on the nose, well in advance of the arrival of most of the Phoenix crowd coming up for the day.

A friend had attempted this hike a couple of weeks ago, but was turned back by deep snow that obscured the trail and resulted in a lot of post-holing at the point where the IB trail turns up sharply to meet up with Weatherford.

With that in mind, as well as the long switchback above Agassiz, I monitored recent photos and we took a hard look at Agassiz on our drive up to Lee's Ferry a couple of days earlier. I had packed hiking poles and Yaktrax, but decided that the snow had probably melted enough not to need them. I still packed the Yaktrax just in case, but left the poles in the car. Ended up regretting the latter decision ... ] :?

The hike through the aspens was amazing, as usual. A strong and vibrant carpet of green grass under the aspen canopies. I still think that, on the scale of amazing aspen groves, this one is unrivaled.

Upon reaching the IB and the "bus stop," we got a closer eye on snow levels. We could see that Weatherford was clear as it crossed the avalanche zones on Fremont, but couldn't make out conditions in the forested sections. As for Agassiz, there was definitely a stretch of snow that would need to be crossed on the long switchback, but we figured others had probably tromped out a pretty good path.

For a couple hundred yards past the bus stop, it looked like some efforts have been made to repair some of the erosion damage from the prior year, but beyond that, the trail remains deeply washed out, causing alternate trails to sprout up along the edges.

After re-entering the tree cover on the west end of the IB, we started what I consider the only portion of this hike that is just a bit of a slog--the 1-mile, mostly-forested ascent over pretty rocky trail to the turn-up to Weatherford. This section always seems to be a grind in both directions--and always feels a lot longer than it actually is.

On the way to the turn up, we started seeing patches of snow, but nothing really obscuring the trail. At the turn up, however, there were still solid sections with snow, though nothing that would discourage us from proceeding. Near the bottom, there were a couple of spots where we had to look carefully to make sure we were still on the trail, but otherwise, there were just large mounds of snow on the trail in spots where we needed to climb up/over/or around. No real postholing, as what was left was pretty solid, with a layer of slush forming on the top as it melted. No need for the Yaktrax (or poles) here.

Soon enough, we reached the Weatherford junction, and from there to Doyle saddle, again there were some sections where we would climb over or around some snow mounds, but no big deal. In some areas, the snow that paralleled the trail was still 3-4 feet deep.

On the backside of Agassiz, we finally approached the section we knew we would have to cross in snow. It turned out to be more sketchy that we had anticipated. Hiking poles would have added a lot of confidence. My daughter used the Yaktrax, and my son and I just carefully kicked out footholds across a 40-yard or so section of snow-cover that could not be bypassed. We managed fine, but I will say that photos don't do a very good job of capturing the exposure/slope. If you slip, there's no stopping until you hit the bottom of the snowfield, going at pretty solid clip .... I imagine the sketchy section on the backside of Agassiz will be clear in a week or so.

After this section, there were two more, smaller snow traverses at the end of the switchback, then a final snowcrossing just below the crossover before the descent to to the summit trail saddle. From that point on, the trail was clear. At the saddle, we joined in with the expected masses coming up the summit trail. And the summit itself was as busy as I've seen it. Weather was perfect for the hike.

We didn't spend a lot of time on the summit. Upon reaching the summit trail saddle on the return, I realized I had not managed my nutrition very well and was starting to pay the price. I tried to force some food and hydration, but it was a little late, and for the last several miles back to the TH, I was accompanied by some unsettling nausea--from which I didn't really recover until half way back on the drive to Phoenix. A good reminder to make sure to follow my own rules of fueling up early and consistently on longer hikes, because you can't make up for it later on ....

My teenagers were doing fine and managed to keep me mostly distracted by engaging in a Socratic-style Q and A about politics of all things--the differences in views between conservatives and liberals; republicans and democrats; as well as the checks and balances of the U.S. govt (house vs. senate seats; bicameralism; veto power of the president), etc. Not exactly communing with nature, but I guess since it was 4th of July weekend, it seemed appropriate. And I suppose it's always a success whenever you can get teenagers to engage with their parents in thoughtful conversation about any matter of substance. More important, the conversation had a check-and-balance effect on my competing urge to toss up my cookies ....

When we finally entered the aspen grove with 2 miles to go, I was in awe again of the aspens in the afternoon lighting, but only snapped a few photos. My son took the lead and set a 17-min/mi. pace that zipped us back to the TH.

Dinner in Flag for me consisted of Sprite and some Pringles, which did a good job of settling the stomach.

The drive back home was not as bad as I thought it would be. A lot of volume, but no accidents or stop and go. (I'm sure it was much worse on Sunday evening).

Stomach issues notwithstanding, this is always a favorite hike, and a great way to wrap up an excellent weekend of memories with my family.
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Jun 03 2019
Brian14
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.84 Miles 2,171 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   1.99 mph
2,171 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Lots of snow! A good amount around the first couple pump water stations but hip deep once you take the big left turn into the woods. First time in the basin area and not ready for so much snow. Got to Doyle spring and figured I’d had enough. Maybe next year I’ll snowshoe my way further but for now this will do:)
Love the beauty and solitude of this hike today. I’m kinda new to this and felt the conditions were a bit out of my wheelhouse for now. No need to get lost or stuck alone out there haha.
I’ll try again in a bit- hope the snow melts off some
Oct 05 2018
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
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donqcryer
Hiking4.25 Miles 2,460 AEG
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Lockett Meadow and Inner Basin were near peak for most of the aspen groves
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Most of the aspen groves were near peak from Lockett up to the Inner Basin. Around the meadow, the small aspen scrub were at peak. I doubt the color will last a week more
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
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survivordude
Hiking15.80 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   1.66 mph
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Fantastic, very strenuous hike that goes through some outstanding scenic forests and meadows. I went with my friends Sanchez and Corey after staying the night at the Locket Meadow campground. After the initial couple miles, the trail goes through an epic section of aspens that look like something out of a horror movie. After the aspen section, there is a road hike for a few miles that goes to all the wells on the way up to the basin. After the last well, the trail continues up up up and eventually starts to switchback until the junction with the Weatherford trail. Here is where the elevation started to get to me. The alpine section is always my favorite area as there is nowhere like it anywhere in AZ! Finally saw the first other people of the day when we reached the main saddle up there. Then the steady stream of people didnt stop. I was not surprised, because the weather was just about perfect that day. Now I consider myself an avid hiker and in pretty good shape, but once I got to that saddle it seemed like my legs just could not move any longer. It takes a lot to push through those feelings sometimes. It took about 6 1/2 hours to get to the top, and only 3 hours to get back down to camp. This hike was a real wake-up call to me and next time I go up there I hope to be carrying 20lbs less. This hike is one of the Penultimate hikes here in AZ as the views were epic and non-stop.
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Aug 25 2018
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Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
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ddgrunning
Hiking12.62 Miles 3,160 AEG
Hiking12.62 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.31 mph
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Had lots of alternative plans for this day on the Peaks, but ultimately, Mother Nature ended up calling the shots. Made it to (the “real”) Doyle Saddle, then, in the course of 10 minutes, the cloud level lowered and all “hail” broke loose. By the time we hit the inner basin/weatherford junction, the trail was a river, which continued all the way to the TH. I was surprised at how rutted/eroded the trail is just above the “bus stop.”

Although I would have ordered up a nice, sunny day, if I’d had my ’druthers, it was a memorable adventure to enjoy it in the rain. 👍🏻😎
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Aug 11 2018
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Nightstalker
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,988 AEG
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Hiked up Inner Basin with Gallydoll today. Continued up Weatherford to Fremont saddle. Not satisfied with our AEG we made an attempt on Fremont Peak. We made it as far as the false summit. We were knackered and feared a turn of the weather so we headed back down. We hit swarms of mosquitoes between 11,000 and 11,300 on Weatherford.
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chumley
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   2.23 mph
4,300 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
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Great day on the peaks :y: With lower than normal monsoon activity forecast, we figured there was a good chance we could get through the day storm free, but we still tried to get an early start and were on the trail before 7. The IB is the only way I'll do this one in season, and the single trail runner we encountered before reaching the junction with 151 is why. By then however it was after 10am and the trip from there to the peak and back was pretty crowded.

I was happy to see that the FS had removed the homemade peak sign somebody had put up a couple weeks ago. The clouds had begun to build and as we headed back toward the saddle, some bigger, darker clouds settled over Agassiz Peak. While a stream of hikers continued upward we discussed amongst ourselves the discomfort we would feel if we were still headed up with the current cloud buildup. At Doyle Saddle we decided to skip the ridgeline peaks route back, and shortly thereafter things seemed to clear up. By the end of the hike it was a beautiful day with absolutely no threats of storms.

Recent rains in the inner basin have left some impressive flood erosion. The Waterline road up to the "bus stop" has been repaired and is as smooth as I have ever seen it. Above that it is literally impossible to walk on, with ruts up to 3 feet deep! The grasses adjacent to the old road still make for relatively easy tread for hiking. We passed a handful of hikers on the lower two miles and enjoyed an early dinner in Flagstaff.
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking17.04 Miles 4,756 AEG
Hiking17.04 Miles   8 Hrs   8 Mns   2.28 mph
4,756 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
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Just celebrating getting older with some HAZers. I would definitely recommend celebrating your birthday with an older crowd, dulls the pain of getting older a little. This was my first trip up our state's fabled 12er this year, somehow I almost forgot how nice of a hike this is. Although, its really two hikes, the pleasant uncrowded Lockett Meadow to the saddle portion and then the crowded and cringe worthy at times final push to the summit.

We got an early start and hardly saw anyone on the the calm side of the mountain. The clouds looked a little threatening at times, but nothing materialized and it ended up being a nearly perfect day. As is usual the case, the trails were in great condition and the hiking pleasant. It appears this area has received some substantial rain over the summer. The trail though the Inner Basin has devolved into a mere ditch in spots, but travel is not impeded and there is easy walking in the grass along the edges of the washouts.

It was nice to see Linda and Chumley again. Thank you for the birthday dinner Chumley. Thanks for "driving" Linda.
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Humphreys via Inner BasinFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking16.41 Miles 4,669 AEG
Hiking16.41 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.19 mph
4,669 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Great day to take advantage of the perfect weather on the peaks. I haven't been in higher elevations recently, and I could feel it, so I took the tourist pace up. It was near solitude up to Humphreys Saddle, I think we only saw two trailrunners up until that point. At and after the saddle, it was a steady stream of hikers up to the summit. I disappointed a few who thought they were closer to the top than they really were, it's always kind of fun to see the look on their face when I say they are looking at a false summit. Once I was finally at the top, I took a short break, and we headed down since the clouds were starting to build. I told Todd & Lee that I wouldn't mind at all if they wanted to hit Fremont & Doyle peaks on their way down and I would wait for them at the car, but they opted not to. Maybe knowing I had the car keys swayed their decision, because the clouds were clearing up at that point. After we finished, we had an early dinner in Flagstaff to celebrate Lee's slide into the latter half of his 30's. Nice day, and fun, as usual!
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 Phoenix, AZ
Inner Basin Trail #29Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking9.30 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   9 Hrs   30 Mns   0.98 mph
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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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Lockett Meadow - Waterline Loop, AZ 
Lockett Meadow - Waterline Loop, AZ
 
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Hiking4.90 Miles 828 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.31 mph
828 ft AEG
 
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Headed up to Lockett Meadow for 4 nights/5 days of car camping and hiking to escape the early heat wave in Phoenix. I usually prefer locations with more solitude but I always meet interesting people at Lockett Meadow. FR552 up to Lockett Meadow is in fairly good shape - some washboards and a few potential issues for low clearance vehicles which can be avoided by driving around them. I arrived around noon on Monday and had my pick of campsites so chose #1 because it's the furthest off the campground loop road. The CG is open for fee collection and I met the retired couple who work part time for the contract company that takes care of the campsite. They were posting stage 2 fire posters (no campfires, etc) and stretching yellow tape across the fire pits.

I had hoped to get some photos of snow covered peaks but there wasn't much snow left. Needing something to while away the afternoon while getting acclimated to the altitude, I decided to do this loop hike. It was a good choice with views to the south of the area along HW89 and views to the north and west of the Inner Basin. Most of the Aspens only had a hint of leaves starting to form but there were a few isolated small patches of green on the slopes. The meadows are still yellow with dried up grass left over from last season.
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Agassiz from Inner Basin, AZ 
Agassiz from Inner Basin, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking13.75 Miles 3,948 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.13 mph
3,948 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Do you ever get the feeling that I'm not ready to let go of winter just yet? :sweat:

Last week I was able to determine that there was still snow on the route to Agassiz, so I decided to attempt my first daytime summit.

The weather and conditions aligned perfectly. After warm weather had saturated the snowpack last week, bitterly cold weather over the past couple of days froze it solid again. This allowed for much easier travel than the post-holing last week, where microspikes provided traction and there was no breaking through the re-frozen snowpack.

The wind died down for the day, but the temps stayed in the 40s, which helped keep the snow from softening up. Once getting above the treeline above Doyle Saddle, the snow cleared and I was able to do a couple of the Weatherford switchbacks on dry ground. Eventually I hit the final snow traverse. Nobody had done it yet this season, and I had already decided I wasn't motivated to do Humphreys, so I headed directly for the ridge above me.

The remains of the winter cornice provided a nice strip of snow straight up the ridge to the summit of Agassiz. There were a few thin steps so I think by next week this won't be fully snow covered anymore. At the summit, I enjoyed surprisingly calm winds, and somewhat hazy but still outstanding views.

On the way down, I re-confirmed that it is much, much easier to ascend an icy slope than it is to descend it. Nonetheless, I was happy to have an ice axe and the crunchy refrozen wind-packed snowpack allowed me to get some spike grips and make some switchbacks down to the trail.

Below the saddle, I switched to snowshoes and took a direct route skipping the switchbacks. The lower elevation snow had softened during the day and snowshoes prevented postholing. Surprisingly, the last 3 miles were the coldest on the day. The late afternoon sun just wasn't offsetting the temperature and wind which picked up quite a bit. Flexibility and options were the theme of the day, and I was able to finish the hike in a jacket, beanie, and gloves to stay warm.

I'll have to keep this one in mind for future spring ascents depending on the snowpack.
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