FR 552 Lockett Meadow

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: 05/15 - 11/30
Length: 5.01 miles
Highest Elevation: 8700 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Flagstaff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Flagstaff
Official Road Name: 552
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Flagstaff Ranger District

Highlights

Highlight: FR 552 Lockett Meadow
The very popular Lockett Meadow Road is also excellent for the purposes of RV'ing (on the lower sections), picnicking (at Lockett Meadow), camping (at Lockett Meadow), and alpine hiking (on the Inner Basin Trail above Lockett Meadow). The rumors that this route is tough are outdated! As of summer 2017 the route has been freshly graded and one formerly treacherous washed-out section has been thoroughly stabilized and the road is in good condition for all vehicles except the largest RV's. It's a great place to camp, take in views of Sunset Crater and the Grand Canyon in the distance, get some cool alpine air, hike, and camp. As a bonus, you will be able to see some of the fringes of the disastrous Schultz Fire of 2010- although this area was spared the worst. Bring a geologist, and you will learn that this route takes you into the caldera of the long-dormant stratovolcano that built the San Francisco Peaks. A gem! But not really a 4x4 trail anymore, thanks to the Forest Service's recent improvements.

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Waypoints

1. Start of FR418/FR552 off US-89 (0 mi)
Turning left/west off US-89, you are greeted by a two lane gravel road and a forest service map pavilion. This is waypoint 1. This lower area is an excellent place to camp with an RV, including large RV's, and will not normally be closed in winter due to snow. Be advised that many parts of this area are off-limits to camping and/or ORV use due to special fire closures. Watch signs carefully and pick up an Offroad Vehicle Use Map from the Flagstaff Ranger District to make sure you don't break these rules.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Flagstaff

Take US-89 north from the US-66 and I-40 (Country Club) junction on the east side of Flagstaff, about ten miles north. You will see a sight to the Sunset Crater Volcano Exit on your right. This is also your exit for FR522 and Lockett Meadow; turn left at the intersection. You will be immediately greeted by a well-maintained dirt road and a forest service map pavilion on your right. This is Waypoint 1.

Camping

Dispersed
Improved
Designated
Not allowed

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Writer Information

Ben Ruddell

Mapping Crew - Arizona

Ben is an Engineering PhD and Civil Engineer living in Flagstaff with a family of seven. He grew up car camping in Michigan, and later in Southern Illinois. By way of Utah, Southeast Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, and for eight years in Phoenix, He now lives in Flagstaff, AZ and spends summers in Durango, CO. His favorite weekends are spent exploring a new trail or route, usually with the intent of scoring a nice day hike or short overnight car camp with his kids. He frequently finds that his maps are out of date or that roads are impassable without specialized equipment, and wants to create better information for himself and other enthusiasts in his backyard, the 4 corners region of AZ, CO, NM, an UT.
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