Lockett Meadow Overnight
Meet up Sat morning 0900 at the Savers, 5060 US-89 Flagstaff 86004.
CB channel 19.
Feel free to call with questions 480-577-7788
DUE TO VERY LIMITED SPACES AND THE FACT IT'S A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE ON THE CAMPGROUND, WE'RE LIMITING TO 4 TRUCKS (5 TRUCKS INCLUDING THE TRAIL LEADER). I'M GOING TO HAVE TO GET THERE FRI AND HOPE I CAN RESERVE 2 SITES FOR 2 NIGHTS. THE RANGER SUGGESTED THAT I COME EARLY DUE TO THE SITE FILLING UP VERY FAST OVER THE WEEKEND. I WOULD HAVE NO CHANCE GOING UP THERE SAT MORNING AND TRYING TO RESERVE A SPOT AS THEY FILL UP ON FRI. IN THE EVENT IT'S FULL WHEN I GET THERE ON FRI, PLAN B IS TO CAMP AT THE CINDERS.
UPDATE: PLAN FOR RAIN HOWEVER THAT WON'T DAMPEN OUR SPIRITS.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: HIKING FROM THE CAMPGROUND THE CINDERS OHV SUNSET CRATER NATIONAL MONUMENT WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT ANCIENT RUINS AT WAPATKI NATIONAL MONUMNENT GRAND FALLS (185 FT WATERFALL THAT IS TALLER THAN NIAGARA FALLS) THIS IS A SUPER LAID BACK CAMPING TRIP WITH NO ITINERARY. YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT WHENEVER YOU WANT. JUST HAVE FUN AND TAKE PICTURES. IF THERE ARE OTHER MEMBERS WHO WANT TO CAMP IN ANOTHER AREA AND GET OUT OF TOWN, THAT'D BE GREAT TOO. THERE'S LOTS TO DO AND SEE.
The San Francisco Peaks are actually the remains of an extinct volcano. Millions of years ago this great mountain was shattered by an explosion similar to the one that devastated Washington's Mt. Saint Helens in 1980. Inside the now quiet caldera a lush alpine environment has blurred evidence of that cataclysmic event.
The trail into the heart of the ancient volcano begins in beautiful Lockett Meadow. From this island of emerald ringed with aspens and high peaks it follows a primitive road into the mountain's now quiet Inner Basin and then connects to the Weatherford trail. Here, extensive stands of aspens cover the steep slopes of the old caldera coloring them solid gold in early fall. In spring and summer, wildflowers add a sprinkling of blue, red and yellow. From the basin's rims, avalanche tracks streak down the talus slopes and remnants of old lava flows bear witness to the mountain's cataclysmic heritage.
Snow may remain here even into summer. Cross-country skiers continue to ski as late as June in some years. Hiking is the most popular way of visiting this beautiful and unique environment; however, and hikers begin coming to the basin before the snows have completely melted from the trail.
Animals you may see in this high country include porcupine and elk. Black bears have been known to stroll right through groups of picnickers without so much as a glance at their lunches. The hermit thrush sings his best here. The climb to this high mountain place, where spring comes late and fall arrives early, is moderate but steady, but the reward is worth every bit of the effort.