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Oct 15 2019
kyleGChiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2019
kyleGChiker
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   8 Hrs      1.31 mph
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Went out with my mom to enjoy the fall leaves and hike Doyle. Weather was perfect--in the mid 50s. The Aspen were also perfect!

Rather than following the "official" route up Doyle from Fremont Saddle, we just went straight up the front face from the inner basin. It was about half a mile as the crow flies from the inner basin to the summit. We switch backed our way up due to the steepness of the mountain, so our distance up was probably about 0.8 to 1 mile. It took us 2 hours to ascend the 1,400 feet. I estimate I could've done it in 1:20 by myself.

The descent was much faster, taking only 1:20. I would've gone faster alone (Mom was being careful because of knee problems), and probably could've descended in 40 minutes.

Anyway, just wanted to leave a trip report for the route straight up Doyle. It was a completely reasonable route, and I would recommend it for ascending Doyle. I'm sure others have taken this route as well.

I will try to figure out how to upload the route file from my Garmin GPS.
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The fall colors in the Aspen groves were some of the best I've ever seen!
Sep 10 2016
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 Phoenix
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,050 AEG
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 Tempe, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2016
chumley
Hiking11.94 Miles 4,446 AEG
Hiking11.94 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.20 mph
4,446 ft AEG   1 Hour   54 Mns Break
 
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Having previously traveled the entire north side of the San Francisco horseshoe from Agassiz, Humphreys, Abineau, and Rees to the Inner Basin, I've had the south half of the horseshoe on my radar.

With several inches of hail accumulating over the peaks on Friday and the season's first snowfall on Saturday morning, I was hoping Sunday would provide better weather. The forecast had called for clearing and drier weather earlier in the week, but the chances for storms on Sunday kept getting higher and higher as the day got closer. We decided not to let it deter us, opting instead to make a very early attempt in hopes of beating any severe weather.

So we set off toward the mountain at oh-denny-thirty with hopes of a pre-sunrise start. The peaks were shrouded in clouds in the early morning light and we didn't manage to start the ascent until a couple minutes past 6. We started at the base of Sugarloaf Peak at the east end of Lockett Meadow and headed up the closed 552B which swings around and parallels the ridge as it climbs steadily over 1.5 miles to the Waterline Road.

The next 4.5 miles of ridge hiking is off-trail until Fremont Saddle. The first half mile above Waterline was a pleasant grade before the slope got considerably steeper. At the 3 mile mark, some of steepest terrain of the day presents a challenge to getting to peak 11,060. There's a short ridge here before the final 400 foot climb to Doyle, but that ridge is a boulder field and travel is very slow. But the boulders provide relief from the pine canopy and amazing views over the Inner Basin and the peaks on the north side of the horseshoe.

The climb up Doyle from the east is pretty straightforward and when you reach the peak there's a cairn with the original (and correct) summit register placed in 1988. We signed in despite the lack of recent entries. As we pressed on toward Fremont, we encountered another cairn about 0.15 miles from the original. This also had a register. This register had recent entries. It also actually said that this register wasn't placed at the peak. Then why the :pk: did you build a cairn and put a register here? ](*,) Seriously. People are dumb. :bdh:

The perfect conical shape of Fremont stood directly before us, a very attainable 500 feet higher up. Unfortunately, to get there requires dropping 700 feet to Doyle Saddle. The descent might be the steepest terrain on the day. The climb in the opposite direction must be a real chore! We took a quick snack break at the saddle before beginning the 1200 foot climb to Fremont. It's only half a mile away! :o It was 9:45, and I made a goal of reaching the peak by 11:00. Yes, I was estimating 1:15 to go the next half mile!

The ascent up Fremont was awesome. The clouds came and went, sometimes leaving us with no view and other times opening dramatic glimpses at the other peaks. The lower part was forested before reaching a bouldery section that leads to a steep scramble with a large crux rock about 600 feet below the summit. We opted to go around to the left, but I think the right would have worked fine too. Left is softer and more forested, right is more bouldery.

The final stretch is steep and a continued combination of soft dirt, dwarfy pine trees, and small boulder fields. Staying just to the south side of the ridge seemed to provide the best route, but some zig-zagging was in order, if for no other reason than the views into the Inner Basin. Once up top, I was surprised I was unable to find a register. There's a nice shelter wall built though it was quite calm and not needed on this day. Another short break and a summit beer were in order before the final off-trail mile across the 11,673 ridge and the final descent to Fremont Saddle. Six miles in 5.5 hours! Off-trail ascents take their toll! : rambo :

From there, we cruised back to the IB, happy to be on trail again. Saw 3 people in the Inner Basin before passing a dozen or two in the lower aspen section of trail. Back to the car for the return to the valley after a very long and rewarding day!

The weather couldn't have been better. It was 42 at the trailhead when we started, and warmed somewhat in the early sun, but winter-like clouds shrouded the peaks from time to time, creating dramatic views and lighting. I don't think it ever got above 55 until we were back at the trailhead at the end of the day. The temperature and awesome clouds really made this hike as good as it could be! :y: (Not bad for August in Arizona!)

Glad to have now hit all the peaks around the Inner Basin horseshoe. The only non-direct section for me is the direct link between Fremont Saddle and Agassiz (I've taken the Weatherford traverse and the ridgeline to Agassiz from the Humphreys saddle). Not sure I'll ever do that line direct unless I decide to skin up Agassiz and ski down into Freidlein Prairie sometime. I'm sure it's been done before... :-k
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LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking11.94 Miles 4,446 AEG
Hiking11.94 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   2.20 mph
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Chumley's triplog already covers this entire hike, so I'll avoid rehashing it again, but so far this was probably my favorite AZ hike of the summer. Starting out in the aspens was great, and it was nice to have some easy hiking at the very beginning, before the hard work began. After that, I heard "This part will be steep" at least a half-dozen times throughout the day.

Climbing up Doyle wasn't too bad, and I liked the boulder field. I'm not fast making my way across the rocks, but I enjoy it as much as, if not more so, than hiking on a trail. We stopped at the top for a few minutes to sign the register, and get some pics of the amazing clouds. Hiking down Doyle was very steep, but at least the ground was soft. For every step I took, it seemed like I slid forward another half step or so; I would have hated to climb up that side.

We took a quick break at Doyle Saddle, then my favorite part of the day began. Fremont looked intimidating to me, but I really liked it. Again, climbing up the rocks was my favorite part. And the weather was constantly changing from almost sunny, to being completely enveloped by clouds, which gave plenty of opportunities for some good pictures. It was definitely steep, but the rocks made for slow going, and I thought it felt easier to climb than Doyle. Another break at the top, and even though there was no wind, it felt cool enough for an extra long sleeve shirt since I wasn't working hard anymore.

After that, it was a quick hike down to the saddle, then easy trail all the way back to the car. Finishing out the hike by walking through aspens again was the perfect way to end the day.
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 Tucson, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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GrottoGirl
Backpack15.22 Miles 4,547 AEG
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A great overnight backpack in the San Francisco mountains outside of Flagstaff.

Having to carry your water for two days keeps all the people away! While there are springs along the way, the city of Flagstaff has capped them and are piping the water to town. We saw several examples of how Flagstaff is getting some of its water. Read more at: azdailysun.com/life ... html

We hiked up the Inner Basin trail with views of the cirque. We headed to the saddle between Doyle and Fremont peaks. And then we summited Doyle our first afternoon and Fremont the next morning! On Doyle we met a man who was extremely interested in the area's history. We learned that the world's highest observatory once sat on its top, built in 1927. Two Bristle cone pines aligned perfectly to be used to support the telescope. At that time the peak was called Schultz Peak and the observatory was called Schultz Peak Station. We hung out on the peak enjoying the views.

Note: The ridge to the west of Fremont peak was called Doyle peak. That area is now Doyle Saddle and it is not next to the peak now called Doyle peak. However the area we stayed at is labeled Doyle Saddle and trail signs also call it Doyle saddle.

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The next morning Nick and I climbed up Fremont Peak which has even better views of the area. Of course we had to hike up 1000 ft in .75 miles from our camp!

After a snack we headed back to Flagstaff using the gently graded Weatherford Trail (used to be a road). We encountered some rain but not nearly as much as the town of Flagstaff did.
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 Tucson, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Backpack14.22 Miles 3,547 AEG
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 Phoenix,Az
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking11.84 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   8 Hrs   24 Mns   1.51 mph
3,050 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Took this day off so I could go hiking with good friend Chris. He had planned this hike a few weeks ago, but we were not sure if it was going to happen because of the weather forecast. Initially, we were going to throw on Freemont Peak as well, but Chris discovered that the peak is off limits to help preserve some type of endangered plant.

Got to the TH around 6:30am. We took the trail for about 1.7 miles through some beautiful aspens getting some gradual elevation gain with some nice switchbacks. This brought us to the Waterline Trail (basically a very nicely graded road). We took this road for about .5 miles to where the Inner Basin Trail split off from the Waterline and headed in a westward direction. At this juncture there were several structures, one of which, was a noisy, smelly generator/water pump. The trail continued to be a usable road that brought us into the inner basin. Most of the hike up until this point had been in pretty, but forested slopes with very limited views. When we got to the basin, we were able to see three of the peaks ( Doyle, Freemont, and Agassiz) framed by blue skies. Humphrey was initially obscured by trees so I did not get to see until we hiked further into the basin. After we had crossed the basin, passing another water pump the road started to convert back into an authentic trail. Initially this involved a steady, straight climb up the side of a hill. Probably the ugliest part of the hike, due to the erosion and the the fist sized rocks that I needed to contend with. Also, because of the elevation and the steepness of the slope, the "views" kind of took our breath away. Kind of funny - Chris who had been here several years ago (when the 552 was closed) had hiked up to this section in the snow. Because he and friends had to hike 3 miles just to get to Lockett Meadow, this was as far as they got. Before he and his friends turned around, they "summited" at the rock outcropping just to the north of the trail. He pointed it out to me through breaks in the trees. This was dubbed as "Stoic's Peak". The last .5 miles of the Inner Basin Trail were switchbacks. Very similar to what I experienced at the beginning of the trail, just without the aspens.

At about 4 miles the Basin Trail "T"ed with the Weatherford Trail. We made a left at this juncture, heading towards Schultz Tank. The views of Humphrey and Rees were truly spectacular as we made our way in out of pines. The trail was narrow at times with a fairly steep drop off into the basin, so I had to be a little conservative in my gawking. We actually lost a little elevation as we hiked a mile to reach the Doyle/Freemont saddle. The saddle provided a nice view of the surrounding area. We had our first view of Flagstaff, (we could see NAU in the distance), we had a great view of the Inner basin and the surrounding peaks and of course, an up close view of Doyle, the peak we wanted to summit. This part was off trail and involved choosing what looked to be the easiest path. Luckily, Chris and I had different views on what this was, because half way up I sent (at least) a 60pd boulder tumbling down the slope. :scared: It didn't come near him, but he said he could feel the vibrations in the earth.

The summit was nice, but the views were not quite as good as I was hoping for. This was primarily because the peak was forested and large and flat. So to get a view in any direction, I had to walk a ways to see through the trees. This allowed Chris and I to discover both registers (who knows, there may be more than the 2 we found). The first register was in the stone/metal/wood abode just to the south of the false summit. The true summit, which was a little further to the east and about 30 feet higher (11430) at the base of a dead tree. (More like a 5 ft. tall stump.). We ate some lunch and watched the clouds begin to gather and darken to the west of Agassiz, before we headed back down.

Trip back was uneventful. Got a little bit of rain in the last five minutes of the hike. Only one nice blast of lightning/thunder, otherwise it was just distant rumblings. Saw 1 hiker going in as we were coming out. His trail head log said that he planned on staying the night on Humphrey Peak. :o No wildlife to speak of, though we did see a squirrel working over a peach core that Chris had discarded on our way up the trail. Timing is everything! Six hours ago Chris had "recycled" the peach into a nearby drainage ditch. Six hours later, the squirrel literally posed for us on a boulder, pear core held is in two little paws. It just goes to show, one mans biodegradable trash is another mans (squirrels) treasure. :) Great hike! Thanks for the planning and driving!
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 Avondale,Az
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Stoic
Hiking11.84 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   8 Hrs   24 Mns   1.51 mph
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Great day for a hike, eventhou this hike kicked my ass. I think the elevation was playing tricks on my head, and I need lower my pack weight for trips like these. Lessons learned.
On the way back down, we also hiked around the 9800ft Pump station. A small extra segment into the woods and back out.

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Took this day off so I could go hiking with good friend Chris. He had planned this hike a few weeks ago, but we were not sure if it was going to happen because of the weather forecast. Initially, we were going to throw on Freemont Peak as well, but Chris discovered that the peak is off limits to help preserve some type of endangered plant.

Got to the TH around 6:30am. We took the trail for about 1.7 miles through some beautiful aspens getting some gradual elevation gain with some nice switchbacks. This brought us to the Waterline Trail (basically a very nicely graded road). We took this road for about .5 miles to where the Inner Basin Trail split off from the Waterline and headed in a westward direction. At this juncture there were several structures, one of which, was a noisy, smelly generator/water pump. The trail continued to be a usable road that brought us into the inner basin. Most of the hike up until this point had been in pretty, but forested slopes with very limited views. When we got to the basin, we were able to see three of the peaks ( Doyle, Freemont, and Agassiz) framed by blue skies. Humphrey was initially obscured by trees so I did not get to see until we hiked further into the basin. After we had crossed the basin, passing another water pump the road started to convert back into an authentic trail. Initially this involved a steady, straight climb up the side of a hill. Probably the ugliest part of the hike, due to the erosion and the the fist sized rocks that I needed to contend with. Also, because of the elevation and the steepness of the slope, the "views" kind of took our breath away. Kind of funny - Chris who had been here several years ago (when the 552 was closed) had hiked up to this section in the snow. Because he and friends had to hike 3 miles just to get to Lockett Meadow, this was as far as they got. Before he and his friends turned around, they "summited" at the rock outcropping just to the north of the trail. He pointed it out to me through breaks in the trees. This was dubbed as "Stoic's Peak". The last .5 miles of the Inner Basin Trail were switchbacks. Very similar to what I experienced at the beginning of the trail, just without the aspens.

At about 4 miles the Basin Trail "T"ed with the Weatherford Trail. We made a left at this juncture, heading towards Schultz Tank. The views of Humphrey and Rees were truly spectacular as we made our way in out of pines. The trail was narrow at times with a fairly steep drop off into the basin, so I had to be a little conservative in my gawking. We actually lost a little elevation as we hiked a mile to reach the Doyle/Freemont saddle. The saddle provided a nice view of the surrounding area. We had our first view of Flagstaff, (we could see NAU in the distance), we had a great view of the Inner basin and the surrounding peaks and of course, an up close view of Doyle, the peak we wanted to summit. This part was off trail and involved choosing what looked to be the easiest path. Luckily, Chris and I had different views on what this was, because half way up I sent (at least) a 60pd boulder tumbling down the slope. :scared: It didn't come near him, but he said he could feel the vibrations in the earth.

The summit was nice, but the views were not quite as good as I was hoping for. This was primarily because the peak was forested and large and flat. So to get a view in any direction, I had to walk a ways to see through the trees. This allowed Chris and I to discover both registers (who knows, there may be more than the 2 we found). The first register was in the stone/metal/wood abode just to the south of the false summit. The true summit, which was a little further to the east and about 30 feet higher (11430) at the base of a dead tree. (More like a 5 ft. tall stump.). We ate some lunch and watched the clouds begin to gather and darken to the west of Agassiz, before we headed back down.

Trip back was uneventful. Got a little bit of rain in the last five minutes of the hike. Only one nice blast of lightning/thunder, otherwise it was just distant rumblings. Saw 1 hiker going in as we were coming out. His trail head log said that he planned on staying the night on Humphrey Peak. :o No wildlife to speak of, though we did see a squirrel working over a peach core that Chris had discarded on our way up the trail. Timing is everything! Six hours ago Chris had "recycled" the peach into a nearby drainage ditch. Six hours later, the squirrel literally posed for us on a boulder, peach core held is in two little paws. It just goes to show, one mans biodegradable trash is another mans (squirrels) treasure. :) Great hike! Thanks for the planning and driving!
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 Phoenix
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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VolcanoCLMBR
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
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What a day to be out in the San Francisco Peaks! With rain in the forecast we decided to still go do exploration. We had rain poured down on us most of the time we were in the inner basin with small hail falling at times. Lightning was also present this morning with one lightning strike hitting about a mile away from us. Once we reached the junction with the Weatherford trail the clouds opened up and we were treated to some really cool light reflections hitting down on the inner basin. The rain went away for about half hour and after another batch rain clouds formed on top of us. This happened as we were on the Doyle Peak saddle, the rain gradually continued to get stronger and some lightning bolts were see hitting down about 3 miles away, by this time we reached the summit drenched and only stayed up there for a couple minutes before heading back down. On the way back down we didnt come across anyone, the rains pretty much sent everyone home. Living in Phoenix we dont get to experience the rain a whole lot, this hike was a very much welcome adventure!
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 Marana, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2011
Jim_H
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   1.14 mph
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It doesn't seem appropriate to log this under this hike description since I only used about a 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile of the Inner Basin Trail. It was mostly off trail, through steep, rocky terrain, and through some decently dense brush and burned areas, as well as across talus slopes and one particular slope that was like walking on broken dinner plates, and some nice safe class 3 scramble over boulders along and near the ridge line.

What a hike! I must admit that as this hike day approached, I was losing my enthusiasm for it. I've been on the Peaks so many times, did I really need another hike up there? My various highest 3 summit numbers are many, and I've been on trail and off over various parts of the volcano plenty of times. When sitting at home looking at a weather forecast for winds in the 50s and a high barely near that, did I really want to subject myself to that?

I'm glad I did, because what I must remind myself, is that I almost always did the same few things over and over, and did the same safe terrain, the same summit(s)-though with excellent views- many, many times, and had stopped exploring the Peaks. This was different. In an effort to cut down on the mileage, we went south of Sugarloaf and entered the Inner Basin from the Waterline Road, and after reaching the shelter at 9780', we went off trail and would remain so to the end. We hiked directly up slope from the shelter to Doyle and hung out there for a while (arriving at 1545).

I found the Sierra Club Desert Peaks Section summit registry placed in the tree trunk in 1988 and looked through it a bit. I don't normally sign those things anymore, but after finding my 2 previous entries from 2007, I added another. I read some of the older ones from the 80s and 90s. Some were a little funny. Doyle has great views of the other 3 higher peaks in the state, and they feel much larger from this already pretty high summit. I like Doyle and wish I had come here more, but what can you do? It made for a nice time up.

We left around 1645 making as straight a line to the cars as we could. This meant going along the ridge and then down through spruce and bristlecone, aspen and various burned areas, across a nice meadow, and past the old mines. It was a good outing.

Elevation is a good estimate, given the known summit and starting elevation and then rounding up for some additional gain. Mileage seems like a good estimate.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.20 Miles 3,050 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.02 mph
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I originally set out to summit Fremont and Doyle. By the time I hit the Weatherford Trail the thunder started to roll. I continued on to Fremont Saddle where I got rained on pretty good. I decided to go for Doyle since the lightning was getting close and I wanted tree cover.

From the saddle, Doyle appeared steeper than expected. The 700 ft off-trail climb ended up not being nearly as steep as it looked. The lightning and rain soon passed over as I was about halfway up. On top, I visited both the west and east summits. Back at the saddle, it started to cloud up again so I bailed on Fremont and headed back down.

Nice aspen forest and great views along the Weatherford.
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Fremont & Doyle PeaksFlagstaff, AZ
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toddak
Hiking10.00 Miles 4,625 AEG
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Lockett Meadow up to Fremont via the north ridge then over and up to Doyle on a lovely day of intermittent rain and sun. Everything's green and gorgeous!
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 Chandler, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
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Wow!! If your reading this and it's still the week of October 7th - 15th 2007, get off your computer and drive to Flagstaff NOW and complete this hike. Even if it is only to the Inner Basin the ASPEN's are in their glory and it may not last much longer with the weekend having frost lows. Excellent hike -- forested pines and aspens to start, wide open basin views mid-way, then a little cardio climbing to the saddle and then an all out scramble to the peak. Truth be told the views from the peak aren't significatly better than from the saddle. That said - having forgotten my hiking boots at home (right next to the door) - I did the whole hike and scramble to the peak and down in hiking socks and slip-in-sandals. No skin left on the little piggies, but if I can do it with beyond substandard hiking kicks -- anyone can make the scramble. This is a must do every fall. Great weather and the Aspens in yellow blaze - Fantastic.
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Aug 24 2007
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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On this, our last full camping & hiking day at Lockett Meadow Campground, two of us decided to try Nick's hike & suggested route to summit Doyle Peak(11,460') and back via the entire Inter Basin Tr from Lockett Meadow to the Weatherford Trail & then the final off trail bushwhacking up (way up) to Doyle Peak summit.

We started this hike at 8am from Lockett Meadow and with breaks/pics/lunch returned back to our campsite at 2:45pm. From Lockett Meadow, we went up and came back down that "Secondary Inner Basin Tr" as described in my 8/22/07 trip log: Inner Basin TR/Waterline-Loop.

This was my first hike on the Inner Basin Trail past the Waterline Rd intersection. Nick's well done trail descriptions & comments along with Steven's(from his "Inner Basin Trail" description), pretty much tell the scenic story regarding this area and the Weatherford Tr section that I can only confirm and not really add much too. I will say that the highlight of this segment of the hike for me from Lockett Meadow to the Doyle/Fremont Saddle was the approach to this saddle(at 10,575') on the Weatherford Trail..just a wonderful panoramic view up & all around of many of the San Francisco Peaks surrounding you with a special view down at the scenic Inner Basin area you just hiked through and with a better view of what you are about to attempt to climb up- Doyle Peak.

When you reach this Doyle/Fremont Saddle at 10,625' you recall Nick's comment to try and take the off trail "path of least resistance" to the top. To the two of us, looking up from the saddle, this Peak looked like it was going to be like trying to climb a pyramid..ie-looked the same going up regardless of where you started. Well, to make a long story short, we did it, but we could not find a "path of least resistance" going up or coming back down. The coming back down part was very slow & the most difficult due to steep angles and loose, rocky footing with very little that was stable to hang on to. It was very easy to fall and bust your fanny and we did a few times!

When we finally reached the Doyle Peak Summit(11,460') on the West side for lunch at 11:30am, we kind-of forgot about the hassle to get up there because the views to the West looking straight at(fm right to left):
Rees Peak (11,474 feet), Aubineau Peak(11,878 feet), Humphreys Peak(12,633 feet), Agassiz Peak (12,356 feet), Fremont Peak, (11,969 feet)
was just completely worth the effort..Just a very nice ending lunch spot!

Also, on the final leg to the top, just East of that False Summit that Nick speaks about (note: a large cairn here), about 50 yards to the East of this cairn there is an old rock cabin with a tin roof built into the ground that one can enter via an open door area. In this old underground cabin hanging from one of the walls, there are pots, pans, a tin cup, a spatula, a dust broom and pan, and a sign in there that reads: Old Doyle Peak Cabin. A pretty cool find, but we had no idea why someone would be living way up there in the middle of no where unless it was for the views! We saw no signs of mining or such in the immediate area.

Overall a great out and back hike..and..next time I can just enjoy hiking to the saddle and back and say: "see that peak up there, I have already done that, so no need to do it again"..or..maybe attempt a real pyramid summit up Fremont Peak! :)
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Aug 04 2007
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 el mirage, az
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
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Did just the Inner Basin portion of this hike last summer and knew I'd be back for more. The basin really is a treat, and yes it is hard to believe it's in Arizona. Anyway, while the Inner Basin trail is good, the Weatherford is even better. The short stretch from the I.B. to the Doyle/Fremont saddle is something special. Great views of the Basin and surrounding peaks and a kind of eerie walk across a scree slope make it a
great trail. Just as I got to the saddle the usual afternoon storm rolled in, so I (wisely) decided to call it a day. I don't feel cheated though...it was still a great day! Kudos to nickfraley for a well written and accurate description.
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Aug 12 2006
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 Tucson, AZ
Inner Basin to Doyle PeakFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking10.50 Miles 3,050 AEG
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What a treat! The Inner Basin can't possibly be in Arizona, can it? Started off early and saw nobody until my way down. Every step brings something new and awesome.

Early on the Basin was cool and cloudy. Agassiz was intermittently obscured and I never saw Humphreys. Climbing up the upper reaches of the Inner Basin I could see my breath it was so cool. What a change from the 100+ temps in southern AZ. I gotta say, Flagstaff is so much fun.

I wonder if the Weatherford Trail isn't the best route in the Kachina Wilderness. My short leg on it was just astounding, and I wandered along it a little yesterday from the Humphrey Saddle. It just begs for a huge hike...and I will be back.

Well, this concludes my summer of grueling climbs and peakbagging. Every trip has been a blast. They have also all led up to next Saturday, when I make my first attempt at Mt. Whitney on a 22 mile, one day climb. I hope I make it. More importantly, the training I have done around the state, and especially in my beloved Sky Islands has only strengthened the notion that our state of Arizona is the best. Every day here is a treat. Wish me luck :wink:
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