Inner Basin trail has beautiful Aspen tree forests patches. I can imagine what it would look like with all the autumn leaves changing colors in the fall.
If you land at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport head north for about ~200 miles. It is ~15 miles north of Flagstaff on paved and dirt Forest Roads.
Forest Service Directions: “Drive northeast of Flagstaff on US Highway 89 for 12.5 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 552, directly across from the Sunset Crater National Monument turnoff. Follow FR 552 for approximately one mile. Turn right at the Lockett Meadow sign and continue to the campground.”
Inner Basin Trail No. 29
The Forest Service rate the hike as “Moderate to strenuous (steady gain of 600′ in elevation per mile at high elevation).”
Wear good hiking shoes as there are lots of roots and rocks on the trail.
Click here for the map from the Forest Service.
The online map shows a loop. When we arrived we thought we were doing a 2-mile loop.
However, the map at the trailhead showed one way- up and back.
We ended up exploring and walking around for a few hours and then turned around to get back to the truck to get back down the mountain before dark.
There are directional markers on the trail.
Many people were camping in the area. We went to this location for the day. FYI the drive up the mountain was on a narrow dirt road.
Once we were down off the mountain and getting ready to enter back on the main paved road, we stopped to enjoy this beautiful sunset.
Hiking Inner Basin Trail No. 29 Flagstaff, Arizona
It is a great day hike with shade. Whether you are camping in the area or visiting Flagstaff, check out this moderate to strenuous hike and bring drinking water.
Do you like hiking with shade or open to the sun?