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Inner Basin Day Hike
Flagstaff
October 6, 2019
by Lin Chao Yen

Autumn is here and Aspen trees are calling.

On the morning of October 6, eight Arizona Trailblazer hikers woke up very early in the morning, with strong coffee in their hands, met at Bell & I-17 at 5:30 AM. We got into two cars and left on time to head to Lockett Meadow campground, our Inner Basin trailhead.

sunrise
Early morning on I-17. [photo by Lin]
view
A view before the Lockett Meadow. [photo by Lin]

Summer is finally over, and fall colors are arriving in Coconino National Forest. And Lockett Meadow is one of the primary destinations for viewing fall colors with large stands of aspen. For last three years we have done this hike, but this time we went about one week later (the first weekend in October) which is considered the prime time for the fall colors of aspens in this area.

After driving for about three hours we arrived at Lockett Meadow Campground about 8 AM. We were very lucky to find two of the last available spots for parking. WOW! What relief that we had parking, so grateful and so appreciated. Everyone was able to agree to meet earlier (at oh dark thirty).

truck
Carl found his parking spot. [photo by Lin]

The air was clean, the temperature was cool, and after quick restroom break, we put on our jackets and were ready to hit the trail. Since it was small group and we all knew each other, we just did a quick group photo and we were ready to go.

group
Happy and wild wake. [photo by Quy]
Carl, Debbie, Chris, Heather, Li, Lin, Tom, Quy

The trail was easy and straightforward. After we hiked less than mile, we were welcomed by the Golden yellow Aspen trees. What a view, what sunlight, what crispy clean morning air...

group
Can we take one more group picture? [photo by Lin]
Carl, Quy, Lin, Heather, Chris, Debbie, Li, Tom
hikers
Chris and Debbie. [photo by Debbie]
Tom
Fast and Red jacket, Tom. [photo by Debbie]
Li
Li enjoys the autumn leaves. [photo by Tom]
hikers
Best friends forever. [photo by Debbie]
hikers
Ladies and autumn leaves. [photo by Tom]
trees
Blue sky and Golden leaves. [photo by Lin]
dog
A relaxing time. [photo by Lin]
leaves
A happy family. [photo by Lin]
leaves
Now listen, everyone is coming to visit us, so we need to put up the best for everyone. [photo by Lin]
trees
Waiting for the order to change color. [photo by Lin]
tree
Guiding the mountain. [photo by Lin]

At a junction, Li found a perfect spot for a group picture. We all smiled and struck a pose and then continued our Inner Basin Trail hike.

group
A group picture at the junction. [photo by Li]
Debbie, Chris, Heather, Tom, Li, Lin, Carl
sign
The Inner Basin is this-a-way. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Chris and Debbie. [photo by Lin]
house
The old green house. [photo by Lin]
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Chris, Debbie, Carl, Heather. [photo by Lin]
leaves
Red leaf on the ground. [photo by Lin]
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Carl is leading. [photo by Lin]
view
Pumping station at the Inner Basin Trail.  Quy is patiently waiting for us to come back. [photo by Carl]

This was a higher elevation hike, ending at almost 10000 feet. As such, it did take more energy to hike this section of trail. Since we were up so early we were all hungry and ready to refuel our bodies. We got to our usual lunch spot and we all enjoyed a quiet and beautiful snack break. In the meantime, Tom and Li, two energizer bunnies, continued to hike to check out the back side of Humphrey’s peak and Agassiz Peak.

lunch
Our lunch spot. [photo by Debbie]
lunch
After lunch. [photo by Debbie]

After a relaxing break, we are ready to hit the trail again. Wait, we must take few more scenery pictures and group pictures.

group
One more group picture, please! [photo by Lin]
Heather, Carl, Lin, Debbie, Chris, Li, Tom, Quy
hikers
Lucky Chris! [photo by Debbie]
Li
Li is carefully setting up her phone to take a picture. [photo by Tom]
pump
Pumping station. [photo by Carl]
hikers
Happy hikers: Quy, Carl, Li, Tom, and Heather. [photo by Lin]
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Two best buddies, Debbie and Heather.
[photo by Lin]
sign
Please turn here, we need to go back to Lockett
Meadow Campground. [photo by Lin]

Going back to the trailhead is the easy part of the hike, because it is all downhill from the here. But it still took many of us long time to get back to the cars. There were just too many pictures we had to take. It is tough job; but we must do it.

Heather
Heather is marching on. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Quy is leading, Tom and Li are following. [Lin]
trail
Stripes and Aspen. [photo by Lin]
hikers
Stop and look up.  Lin Called. [photo by Lin]
trees
Three best friends. [photo by Lin]
wine
Time to celebrate. [photo by Debbie]

We found a perfect restaurant in Flagstaff; on weekends, it is always hard to find a restaurant for larger groups. However, we had small group, and everyone was very much on easy going of the choice of food. So as Tom suggested, we went to Taverna for our late lunch. The restaurant was not very busy, Lucky us. The food was yummy, and service was good. Thanks, Tom!

table
Full tummy and happy me. [photo by Tom]
Tom, Li, Carl, Lin, Quy, Chris, Debbie, Heather
Watch out for Heather, she can make a 180° turn.
dish
The dish looks so yummy. [photo by Lin]
dish
Salad and Steak, healthy & yummy. [photo by Lin]

It was a very relaxing and rewarding day for all of us. The weather was perfect, the fall colors were gorgeous, the view of autumn was breathtaking. Thanks to everyone who joined me to spend the day at such beautiful Inner Basin Trail. Take care, and see you soon.

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updated October 17, 2019