17 days ago

Hiked this yesterday since most of the Coconino is closed off! The path is really easy to follow since it's actually the dirt road that the ranger uses to get up to the watch tower. We started around 1:30 PM and met about 10 people total.

21 days ago

A really nice hike. The first section is flat, but then gradually increases in altitude. Only the last section is steeper. Awesome views of the San Francisco Peaks and Sunset Crater lava flow.

26 days ago

Since Humphreys was closed this weekend.

Unfortunately, Road was gated off and closed. Not available to off road. Beautiful area tho.

trail running
7 months ago

I’ve lived in Flag my whole life and never even heard of this Peak until looking into the Fearsome Four challenge. This is a great hike. Just a dirt access road all the way up but made running easy. It’s a pretty mild incline until about the last mile then gets steep. Lots of great views of the Peaks/Mt Elden/Kendrick Peak/Sunset Crater. There is a little alcove just passed the tower that gets you out of the trees and really opens up the views. Tracked 10 miles exactly. I’ll definitely give this one another go. The kids could handle at least part of it, no problem.

10 months ago

Trail not difficult being a road but beautiful views!

10 months ago

Sure it's a road that you walk on, but I really enjoyed it! Took my dog an I an hour and a half to get to the top! Beautiful views! Too bad it was cloudy. Need to go back when it's clear!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

View from the top is great, but the trail is kinda lame. Its just a gravel road. On the way up a forest service truck passed me. Took me a little less than 2 hours to get to the top.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Great view.

Trail well groomed.

I'd prefer a hike that you cannot drive too.

Worth the hike.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

for me it was difficult but i like it.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Great hike...most amazing Fall color experience in Arizona...way too crowded is only drawback.

Monday, August 15, 2016


Thursday, July 07, 2016

The view at the top is gorgeous, however the hike itself is a little mundane in visual appeal. For training/ trail running purposes, this is a great hike, though.

Friday, March 11, 2016

This trail takes you to the Inner Basin (which is listed on this website as a separate trail). I consider them the same since they have the same starting point; it just depends on how far you want to hike. This trail earns the same review as the one I wrote for the Inner Basin trail. A must-do!

Friday, August 07, 2015

Take US-89 about 12 miles north of city center. Turn left directly across from the turn to Sunset Crater. The left turn is on to a Forest Access Road (FR 420). Take this ½ mile to a T and turn right onto FR 522. This goes 4.6 miles on a very bumpy, some areas washboard grated, ascent. Road is narrow with areas to pull out every few 100 yards in case another car is coming the opposite direct. This was a little nerve wracking as you can’t see ahead very far. I wouldn't do this again without AWD or 4WD. After 4.6 miles of painfully slow driving you come to a pretty clearing of yellow flowers and grass = Locket Meadow. Signs take you to day parking, which is free and located near an outhouse.
Very remote. Saw some camps set up but only 4 people during the entire hike. No cell service.
The hike was pretty in the summer, but I'm sure dramatically beautiful during fall foliage time. There is a gradual ascent for 4.25 miles going from altitude of 8600 feet to ~10.5K feet. The first part is full of white, yellow, blue and purple wildflowers, then you see old signs of the Schultz fire with burned out trees/fields. It becomes a birch and aspen forest with several switch backs. This turns to a pine forest and the trail opens up onto a a forest road where you can turn left to Schultz Tank or continue right on Inner Basin. At 1.6 miles, you reach the old Watershed Cabins—in the center of these there is a spigot where you can get untreated spring water. More trail signs here. Staying on Inner Basin, you pass a few Flagstaff well sites and can hear water rushing beneath. It continues to be a wide forest road until reaching the inner basin clearing. There is a tiny shelter here where 2 or 3 people could hang out if a monsoon crept up. Beyond this the road narrows and the path turns to small rocks that were slippery. Clearing turns back into forest and patches of snow were on the ground even at the end of July. The final trail sign I saw pointed to a sharp left but the trail seemed to stop shortly after this at ~4.25 total miles.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I have never been on that side of the mountain and it was beautiful! There was recently a control burn so the bottom half of the trail was a little burnt but once you get into the aspens it's beautiful! Definitely worth it!

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

My late wife and I used to hike and backpack Locket Meadow when we lived in Flagstaff in the early 90s. It is truly a beautiful work of Nature. The last time we were there was in late June of 1993 and we slept on the ground in the woods with no tent, just our bags and a ground cloth -- two weeks before her due date (that was apparently before there were camping restrictions). I hope to take her ashes back there some day.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A very beautiful trail, but I would also rate this as a moderate hike because of the switchbacks and elevation change. I would definitely recommended this hike.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I see the tower from my house all the time, I always wanted to do the trail by horseback and got my opportunity about 3 1/2 years ago. I went with a buddy and we had a great time, it was an awesome trail and easy for the horses to climb. When we go to the top, we let the horses eat the grasses and the fire tower person gave us water for the horses and let us go to the top to get an even better view.. Although I didn't go to the top, my friend did and it was awesome, as he said. You can still see into the Painted desert and into Flagstaff. As well as the north rim of the canyon. It was worth the ride up and down. The horses did great and the road wasn't too rocky for them. I don't remember how long it took for us to get up and back, but it was a nice ride. I am planning on going up on 8/2/14 with another friend, I hope it doesn't rain. I will write another post for the upcoming ride

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I don't think this is an easy trail. I would rate it as moderate due to the elevation change. we went from Locket Meadow to Weatherford trail. was a great moderate to difficult hike, estimated 11 miles round trip & 2,444' elevation change according to GPS.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I went on this hike with a few friends and expected a bit more from the trail. It took us less than two hours to hike up to the lookout which points to the idea that this trail probably isn't as long as it says it is. The views at the top were beautiful, as you could get a great view of the San Francisco peaks basin as well as the surrounding areas including Sunset Crater and the Grand Canyon to the North. The fire lookout ranger at the top was very welcoming and nice. The drawback to this hike was the trail itself and that is why I rated it 3 stars. Myself, I am not a big fan of walking on wide trails that are often used as service roads for vehicles. The fact that the road was mainly built to drive vehicles took away from the experience of being outdoors. However, once you pass the stands of Ponderosa Trees, the vegetation becomes thicker, especially on the North side of the mountain. Overall, I would recommend this trail for its views, however if you are looking to experience the outdoors a little more, look towards Mt. Elden or Kendrick peak.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We navigated to the trailhead. We found a blank wood sign at the correct location but could not locate a trail anywhere.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Great views, Really long trail though, it's all uphill on the way in, and downhill on the way out. Plan if you're not used to moderate or tough hikes to take a while with this one. I had my 7 year old daughter along and we made it about 20 minutes from the top before we got to tired and had to turn around, definitely not a trail if you're not in shape. (was our first hike of the season). But overall, was very happy, the views were stunning!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The most amazing views, of both Lockett Meadow and the Painted Desert. And the Lookout Tower is a MUST SEE!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A twenty-minute drive got us to the end of the pavement at O'Leary Group Campground, where a sign and a gate informed us that the dirt road (well, cinder actually) was closed. For good, so it seemed, except for Forest Service personnel. We'd intended to drive to the base of the mountain and start from there, but now we'd have to walk another couple of miles to that point. The sign told us it was five miles from where we were to the lookout tower at the top.

But he extra hiking from the end of the pavement to the base of O'Leary Peak is well worth the effort, not only for the additional exercise, fresh air and mental health, but because the scenery is really great, including Bonita Lava Flow, which comes right to the edge of the road you're walking. You can just imagine the flow when it was alive, creeping forward, hissing and popping and ... well, I've never actually seen an active lava flow, but I imagine it would be like a big, hot, beastly blob. And this one sure was big, which you can see soon after beginning the climb.

The further you go, the wider your field of view, including impressive Sunset Crater, Merriam Crater in the distance, and Old Cave Crater, to name just a few of many former lava-spewers, as well as the San Francisco Peaks. And, once you're at the top at just over 8900 feet, you even get a glimpse of the Grand Canyon if you go partway up the lookout tower.

O'Leary Peak is a hike I highly recommend. The whole round-trip hike too just under four hours, with ten minutes spent at the top. The road enables you and a buddy to walk side-by-side, which is always nice if you like to chat as you go.

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