Hike Lockett's Meadow to the Inner Basin near Flagstaff, Arizona
This is a well marked trail that takes you through the magical Flagstaff forest in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks. There are many grade A photo opportunities, especially in the Fall, when the leaves are changing color. This hike has changed a bit since we last took it, so this write-up has changed as well.
From the parking lot, the Inner Basin trail is marked by a sign. The trail itself is a wide dirt road, closed to vehicles and easy to follow. The hike climbs steadily up a pine and aspen forest.
After 1.5 miles, you reach a dirt road (yes, the same one that started at the parking lot) and some cabins (JCT_1R on the map). There is a trail sign that points you to the right on a closed dirt road to stay on the Inner Basin trail. There are a few water wells and pumping stations along this route. Another 0.3 miles gets you to more buildings related to water pumping and a natural spring water faucet. Follow the signs that point you to Inner Basin (JCT_2ST on the map) to continue along the trail another 0.3 to the inner basin. There is another signed trail junction (JCT_3L on the map). Stay left to stay on the Inner basin trail. The Inner Basin is a meadow with nice views of the San Francisco peaks and is a lovely place to lay out a blanket and relax.
If you want, you can take the road back to the parking lot, but this detour adds about 1.5 miles to the length of your hike.
Bring a blanket, laying out on the meadow is relaxing and re-energizing. The trail actually continues up to the Weatherford Trail, some 2.3 miles from the cabins (and about 1500 ft more of elevation gain).
This is a great Arizona hike. Enjoy!