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Inner Basin Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
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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