Inner Basin Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews
#12 of 149 trails in

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
898 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
3 days ago

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3 days 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!

hiking
4 days 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
4 days 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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5 days ago

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8 days 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
9 days 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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11 days ago

Beautiful trail.

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12 days ago

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13 days ago

This is a trail I've hiked a few times now. Third year in a row to see the Aspen leaves at full fall colors. It's beautiful any time of the year, but it's really a treat to see the golden tree lines! If you have a chance to see it, definitely try to plan it. I'd say this weekend to early next week is the last chance for this year.
We went on a Thursday, and it was definitely better than trying on a weekend. During peak season, only the first 100 cars will be allowed in, so if you are going this weekend, plan a super early morning!

hiking
16 days ago

This was a beautiful hike! The trees were beginning to change and we were able to get great photos. A couple pieces of advice:

First, the road in is steep, twisty, bumpy, washboard at times, and dirt. Using a car will probably work, but be warned you may bottom out or strike the bumpers. If you have a truck (like me), SUV, or crossover, you'll be fine.

Second, there are a lot of people that hike here on weekends. It's surprising how empty the trail seems compared to the amount of cars. Parking is horrible. Do yourself a favor, pay the $8 per car and park in a guaranteed fee spot. Once you do, you get to use that area the whole day. You can have a fire, eat lunch, or just relax after your hike.

If you choose to "roll the dice" and try the free area, be warned. Don't park in the grassy areas along the road (because there aren't any spots) be prepared to get a ticket from a ranger. I'm sure the ticket is more than $8. Don't be one of those people. Otherwise, it's a really great hike and totally worth the drive in and out!

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17 days ago

18 days ago

Fun