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.

1 month ago

Great view.

Trail well groomed.

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

Worth the hike.

for me it was difficult but i like it.

8 months ago

8 months ago

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

10 months ago


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.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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