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The majority of the trail is pretty bland if you do the whole loop. Good for running as there’s no challenges along the trail. It gets an extra star for the cool waterfall but the surrounding area in flagstaff is a bit trashy. Not an ideal place for a hike in the wilderness. You’d be better suited driving a short distance out of town to the mountains.

Hiked dec 19, not much snow on the ground. Trail is easy to follow. For the first few miles it’s just a nice stroll through the forest the last half you get some elevation gain till you reach the peak. Beautiful views of Humphrey and the Grand Canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was easy to follow and had a very gradual incline. There are large patches of ice and snow about 1.5 miles up until you summit. Just wear hiking shoes and you’ll be fine, no need for micro spikes. If you use the map for reference, keep going up. The map stops at an outcrop of trees, keep going up for the true summit. Other than that, it would be an understatement to say the views are amazing. 12/16/18

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Perfect weather today. Didn’t see a single soul until I got back to the trail head. I’ll have to come back in the spring. Definitely need the micro spikes...

I hiked it on December 1st 2018. I was the only car in the parking lot when I started at 7 a.m. and fairly cold but not windy. I took my first break at the CableBondage Switchback.. it goes sharp right. my second break was at the iron Gate, the Switchback that goes sharp left and a great view of the Lookout Tower. then, depending on your pace, you're at the top in 30 to 40 minutes and a Grandview!! it was sunny at the Summit but there was a bitter cold wind of @20 miles an hour and I had to put on all my layers except my ski mask. I took refuge behind the solar panel building which blocked the wind. it's a great hike with a lot of geology and lava flows but it's a long one.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a neat hike for a Sunday afternoon in November. I did appreciate having my jeep to get to the trailhead, it was 6 miles of rackety dirt road, that a regular car would do, but probably have some new rattles afterward. There is no parking pass needed. The parking lot is very clearly marked on the Southside of the road. The hike is a steady incline for most of the way and then becomes much steeper at towards the end with the real climb to the top. We often had to hop on the side of the trail to let fast moving dirt bikes pass by. It was the first time I was able to climb up a mountain and get a view of Flagstaff from above. We passed couples with hiking dogs, along with packs of mountain bikes alone the way.

For those coming from out of town, since half of this trail is tree covered you are in the shade for a long of it. The bits of sunny areas were always welcome. So the notes say it's an 8.3 mile hike but with my navigation it came out to 10.4 miles. The views at the top are gorgeous, and allow views all the way out to the plains in the distance.

Quick easy hike. Not as steep of an incline if you ascend from the north, or dump road trailhead. The caves were cool.

I got lucky with perfect conditions- the leaves were just starting to yellow and there was fresh snowfall. The road was also open- I've tried to go two times since and it's been closed so keep that in mind- if the road is closed, the 3 mile hike up past the gate to the trailhead is pretty steep. Once you're at the trailhead it's a nice easy hike most of the way. About 1/3 of the way in the trail opens up to a clearing that was, by far, the most beautiful thing I've ever seen (and I've been fortunate to visit a lot of amazing places). The fresh snow on the yellow aspens, mixed in with some big evergreens- I actually shed a few tears. I haven't been back during "typical" conditions, but if it's anything like that first encounter this is definitely worth the trip. Also to note- this trail gets super busy- we went early on a Monday and there were still a ton of people.

Yes just a road, but offers great views of the National Monument that you will not get in the park. Also a great place to run since the road is not technical. Would have been nice to visit when the lookout station was open. There was a sign posted that said you can go up there if a ranger is in the station.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Excellent choice for those who want to practice hiking longer trails but without too much elevation gain. Also great for those without 4WD because you can park at snowbowl!

On 11/7/2018, I hiked from the Lockett Meadows Trailhead to the Weatherford Trail. Within 20 minutes after leaving Well #9, I hit a trail full of snow and ice all the way up up up to the Weatherford Trail Junction. I'm very happy that I brought my Kahtoola Nanospike crampons, otherwise it would have been slippery-hell!! Since then I bought the Kahtoola Microspikes and they are excellent on Ice and snow
It's 4.4 miles to the Weatherford Trail with a 2,340' elevation gain. Not counting 3 breaks, it took me 1 hour 45 minutes.

OMG pretty. lots of dogs on the trails. all cute

Good hike with some nice views. Easy to moderate. Saw a few tarantulas on the trail. Followed AllTrails map to caves and could not find them. No signage for caves anywhere along the trail.

Probably my favorite trail! So beautiful and amazing views all the way up! Challenging but doable and still very enjoyable! It’s actually 5 miles total, 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles down. But totally worth it and would do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Clear gravel path with great views the whole way up! It took about 2 hours to get up and back. We definitely made some stops for water and pictures since it was 70 and sunny!! My dogs and I started around 1 and there wasn’t much shade on the trail.

Probably the most amazing campground I’ve ever stayed at! My boyfriend and I went back in the middle of April, it wasn’t open season so it was free, only 1-2 other people up there, the drive up really wasn’t that bad because it wasn’t busy, highs in the 70s and at night got down to 38 but we love camping in the cold. The aspen trees are gorgeous. The trail is fairly easy, we had to take a few stops because we aren’t use to the altitude or the best hikers lol. Take lots of water! Saw fresh bear and mountain lion tracks on the trail!

The trail is covered in snow now which is beautiful, however most people don’t go further than 1.5 into the trail as if gets more difficult to see the trail. Also, the road to the trail is closed so that is s commitment of 3 in plus 3 miles out so be prepared to hike 8+ miles if you are doing this hike

Went there just for the trees in October. They were nice. Maybe a couple weeks late as the leaves on the floor were getting gross. I just kept hiking up though... and eventually got rewarded with an amazing view of 3 snow capped peaks!!! I was not expecting that. I went almost to the end of Inner Basin but eventually the snow on my puppy concerned me to the point of turning around.

Far- far- far too many people though.

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful trail the aspen grove is amazing. Only thing is the drive up is a little harrowing. Well worth a few gray hairs getting there.

The road up to the trailhead/camp grounds is a bit bumpy and steep, but in my opinion, I've been on worse (fossil creek). You could get there in a car IN GOOD WEATHER CONDITIONS. The trailhead itself was AMAZING! Everywhere you look you'll get an amazing view especially during the fall season.

Bumpy road up to the trailhead. Beautiful spot. Took us about 3 hours with a 5 year old and multiple stops. Fairly easy walk. Majority of aspens had turned and there was snow on the ground. Beautiful. We went on 10/9.

Went 10/6 and the aspens were still greenish yellow. On 10/7 they got snow in Lockett Meadow so who knows what will happen with the leaves.

loved it!

A great hike with beautiful views. Very uphill, but it's worth the steep climb.

Aspens were beautiful!!

Good little trail for the family to do. Super easy, little elevation change, and lots of little sights along the way. The stream is fed by the water reclamation plant, but THAT IS A GOOD THING if you are familiar with water reclamation.

Lovely Nature Walk!

Did 7km to get ourselves acclimated, will come back and do the full hike next time.

getting to and from the summit is a bit steep but after that the trail is a breeze. views from the top are nice and the caves are cool, kind of hard to miss really, just turn right once you reach the fork at the top of the trail...

hiking
4 months ago

good mix of terrain on the trail, uphill and downhill sections, lots of wildflowers and some nice views of the area. spotted a mature red necked thorny lizard basking on a rock, there seems to be lots along the trail but not fully developed into adults. watch out for falling trees!!

Awesome trail with some great views! go easy on the dirt road to lockett meadow, watch for other cars and you will be fine. lots of switchbacks and high altitude, bring a good amount of water!

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