Inner Basin Trail

MODERATE 89 reviews
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Inner Basin Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Flagstaff, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
764 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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19 days ago

Who says after the leaves it’s not worthy. So worthy

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21 days ago

I had a great time hiking the inner basin trail today. The dirt road to the trailhead was not too bad. I have a sedan and it worked just fine. I just put it in low gear and went slow. On the trail, I would highly recommend stopping once you hit the large meadow after the Jeep road. I hiked the whole trail till it hits the weatheford trail. For the amount of effort and time it took, it was not worth it. There is no grand finale at the end. Just steep climbs with no payoff. I hiked it at the end of November. I would recommend bringing a light jacket. At the trailhead there is no wind and you may think you won’t need a jacket. Once you hit the meadow, the wind is pretty strong.

1 month ago

Cold windy day so going up was challenging hiking into strong wind gusts but coming back was a breeze. Beautiful hike even without the leaves in the Aspens.

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1 month ago

Really good hike however I would make sure the leaves havent dropped - not easy to get to - the last few miles to the trailheads are on a really poorly maintained road - if I had my SUV no problem - rental car different story

1 month ago

Did this trail the other day. The leaves had all fallen but the scenery was still amazing!! And coming around the corner to the view in the Inner Basin was well worth the hike! About 4 miles round trip and it took roughly 2 hours which included a decent amount of time spent in the basin admiring the view!

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1 month ago

It was a nice hike. No leaves, but still fun.

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2 months ago

We missed peak as all the golden leaves had fallen to the forest floor. But still heaven on earth. Nice moderate hike through switchbacks in the aspens out to the inner basin. A must do hike!

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2 months ago

Very nice hike. Nearly all the fall leaves are gone. But I want to make a correction to the map. The Inner Basin Trail goes beyond the highlighted line as depicted. It actually continues along the Waterline Road for about four tenths of a mile and then continues on to the Weatherford Trail #102. So if you take the full trail, it is more like 8-9 miles. If you are really ambitious, you can take the Weatherford Trail all the way to the top of Mount Humphreys. There is a bit of a challenge getting to the Inner Basin trailhead. The forest road near the top of the approach to Locket Meadows is wide enough for only one and a half cars. There aren't many turnouts so you have to be respectful going up and coming down to other traffic. Parking can be a problem on weekends if you are not there by 8 a.m.

hiking
2 months ago

Went 10/14/2017 and 99% of the trees had lost their leaves. The ground had some yellow because of the fallen leaves but we we're just too late. Still pretty but disappointed that we missed it.

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2 months ago

Beautiful even if part of the forest still shows signs of a past fire, which actually give it colors and color diversity worth seeing.
Moderately easy and with beautiful aspen trees that unfortunately had almost all lost their yellow leaves in mid-October.
No vistas however and too many people for my taste, which removes a star.
Worth it if you are near Flagstaff or even Sedona.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful with the changing colors. Only gave it a 4 because it was so crowded and the road getting there isn’t the best (narrow with a steep drop off). Loved the hike itself and the scenery.

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