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Inner Basin (Lockett's Meadow)

Aspen in Lockett's meadow
Golden leaves on the Inner Basin trail
Along the Inner Basin trail
Golden trail to the Inner basin
Autumn aspen
Autumn aspen
Hiking along the Inner basin trail
elevation plot: Inner Basin
Map: Inner Basin
Views from the Inner basin


How to Get There
This hike is located near Flagstaff, AZ.

From the Flagstaff area, take HWY 89 towards Page, AZ. About 12 miles from Flagstaff (between Mile marker 430 and 431) is the turn off, signed as 'Forest Access' and 'Schultz Pass road'. After 0.6 miles, you come to an intersection. Turn right here onto Lockett Meadow Road. (FR 552). This road is OK for passenger cars if you take it slowly. Take this road for about 4.4 miles (5.0 miles from HWY-89) to the trailhead at Lockett Meadow. Follow the one-way road through the camping area to the day use parking near the trailhead.
Northern Arizona

Hike details

4.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
4.0 miles to the Inner Basin Meadow and back
3.00 [Hours]
It took us three hours, not including our hour long nap under the pine trees.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 1000 ft gain.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
Date Hike completed
January 11, 2006


Solitude Details
This is a relatively secluded hike. Expect to meet 10-20 other hikers. If you go in the fall, expect crowds.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
I really enjoyed this hike, walking through the changing leaves to a wide open meadow. The length and elevation still makes it a good body workout. This is a moderate hike.


Be Aware of
In fall, the leaves may obscure the trail and you'll likely deal with crowds.

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!


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