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Inner Basin - Lockett Meadow
Flagstaff
September 30, 2017
by Monika Hahues

Driving by Flagstaff on our way back from the Zion camping trip on September 20th we saw a glimpse of yellow - the first signs of fall - on the San Francisco Mountains. So Lin and I decided we needed to come back as soon as possible to see more fall colors. On short notice a hike to the Inner Basin with destination Lockett Meadow was added to the schedule and seven hikers signed up.

We made it to the trailhead just in time to secure a parking spot. At 9:45 we started our quest for the best fall color pictures.

group
Back: Lin, Carl, Tammy
Front:  Heather, Monika, Carol, Mary, Ralph
fire
This area is recovering nicely from a forest fire.
leaves
The ground is covered with gold.
hikers
Tammy, Heather, Carol, and Mary find a cool spot for a break.
leaves
Overhead is a blaze of glory.
view
The view leaves nothing to be desired.
green
There is still some green in the forest.
bike
Yes, this is the Inner Basin.
sign
The trail is well signed.

We took our time going up to Lockett Meadow. By the time we got to the turnaround point we were ready for a snack.

group
Let’s sit down for a while.
view
... but the best views are upward.
group
Like lumps on a log.
group
Ralph, Carol, Tammy, Heather, Lin, Mary, Carl, Monika
trail
We’re on the trail, heading back down.
view
What a view!
trees
Autumnal glory.
hikers
Merrily we roll along.
Ralph Carol
For the best picture, look up.
sky
Pavilions in the sky.
woods
So glad we are here today.
forest
Dark evergreens in a colorful forest.
glory
A blaze of glory.
trees
It’s even better on the way down.
trail
Our trail was once a road.
trees
The fires of autumn.

After seven miles and 4.5 hours on the trail, everyone had taken enough pictures and we were ready to pay the new microbrewery/pub that opened in the former Busters location a visit and refuel. Since the place had just opened the week before, not everything went smoothly, but given some time this is a place to visit again.

meal
Chowing down.
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updated October 10, 2017