The San Francisco Peaks surround a caldera, here a giant U-shaped valley open on the north side. This opening may have resulted from massive Mt. St. Helens eruption, although geologists disagree on the details. You'll climb steadily through forests and meadows all the way from Lockett Meadow (elev. 8,600 feet) just outside the Inner Basin to nearly 11,000 feet high up on the slopes at the head of the valley in 7.8 miles roundtrip. In fine weather, the Inner Basin is a delightful place to wander and admire the wildflowers, insects, birds, and other wildlife. It's a fine place for a picnic. The trail ends at a junction with the Weatherford Trail; turn left here and walk 100 feet for a great view of the Inner Basin and the Painted Desert far beyond. You could also follow the Weatherford Trail to Humphrey's Peak Trail and the summit in a long, strenuous day.

 
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Address:
17 miles north of Flagstaff via US 89, Forest Road 420 ,and Forest Road 552
Peaks/Mormon Lake Ranger Districts, 5075 N. Highway 89
Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
Parking: always open, weather permitting


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Telephone Number: 928-526-0866
Fax: 928-527-8288
Transportation: car
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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