Inner Basin

Coconino National Forest, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,003ft
Trailhead Elevation8,633ft
Elevation Min/Max8633/9388ft
Elevation Start/End8633/8633ft

Inner Basin

Inner Basin is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Coconino National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 8,633 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,003 feet. This trail connects with the following: Waterline Road.

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Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
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"The springs in the Interior Valley were first tapped in the 1930s, hoping that piping their water to Flagstaff would solve the city’s recurring water shortages once and for all. Of course, it didn’t, so the watershed project was greatly expanded in the 1950s. A series of wells were drilled throughout the Interior Valley, and several of these proved productive enough to install pumps. All of the springs shown on the topographic maps are capped and locked to protect the water supply, so the only public water source in the valley is a tap provided by the Watershed Cabins. Also, camping is not allowed. On the plus side, the watershed roads are closed to the public and most of them are pleasant hiking routes."
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"As its name suggests, the Inner Basin is a sheltered area surrounded by the impressive San Francisco Peaks. In geologic terms, however, it is much more than a beautiful montane landscape. The Inner Basin is actually the inside of an ancient volcano, one that came to a fiery end eons ago."

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The view on your way to Lockett Meadown is breath-taking and worth CAREFULLY pulling over for pictures. The road is r-o-u-g-h , so I don't recommend taking your Testarosa. The trail switch-backs through amazing aspens until you reach a forest road. You follow the road until you reach the wide expanse of the Inner Basin. Views of the surrounding peaks are your reward.
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This is a beautiful trail. I did this with my Mom and brother in mid-October when the aspens were yellow. The hike was a perfect distance for a day-hike with family and I was impressed that my Mom made it all the way to the basin (she's 60). Highly recommended.

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Trail Information

Coconino National Forest
Nearby City
Coconino National Forest
Skill Level
Coconino National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Humphreys Peak, Sunset Crater West
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