Description: A great place to escape for an afternoon picnic or weekend campout. Hike and mountain bike on the Inner Basin Trail. This is a favorite spot for artists and photographers, especially in the spring when flowers are blooming or fall when the leaves are changing. Contact the Peaks Ranger Station in Flagstaff for information. A dusty gravel road with minor steep sections. The road climbs over 1,300 feet to an elevation over 8,600 feet. Low-slung passenger cars and long RVs should avoid this road.
Time & Distance: Round trip from Hwy 89 and back is about 10 miles. Allow about 2 hours.
Trail Conditions: Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District. Call (928) 526-0866.
Chance of a Thunderstorm60°/39°
Directions to the Trail: From east side of Flagstaff, take Hwy 89 north about 12 miles. Turn left on gravel Forest Service road across from entrance to Sunset Crater National Monument.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!