FR 552 Lockett Meadow

5/5 (13 reviews)
Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/01/2021
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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 The rumors that this route is tough are outdated!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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5/5 (13 reviews)
Todd
Official Crew
83450
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

Closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
9950
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/13/2021

The snow and mud are gone and the gates open. Normally this will be open after the snow melts, from the start of May on. 2020 was an exception due to COVID. We snagged one of the best spots, and there was only one other group in the meadow, on a Thursday night. Late April (after opening) until Memorial Day (but not including that busy week) is the golden window to camp at Lockett Meadow.
Trail Review: FR 552 Lockett Meadow - Ben Ruddell
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
9950
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/23/2020

Open and in excellent condition. The camping is full at the top. A statewide fire ban is in effect.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/01/2020

Tried the trail but was still closed.
Ben Ruddell
Official Crew
9950
Status: Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/17/2020

Still closed, possibly opening Memorial Day (COVID allowing...)

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