Inner Basin Loop Trail

Flagstaff, Arizona

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Flagstaff
Distance: 4.3
Elevation Gain: 920 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,560 feet
Top Elevation: 9,410 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Sunset Crater West, Humphreys Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Inner Basin Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/30/2010
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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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May 2018