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A map of some mine remains at the Tonopah-Belmont Mine

A map of the Morning Star mine

A map showing the overall 'junction'of the Belmont Mountain Trail

Lockett Meadow Trail  [2]

How to get there: From downtown Flagstaff, head east on I-40 Bus/US-180 East for 3.6 miles. Continue north onto Highway 89 for 12 miles. Turn left onto F.R. 545 towards the signs for Schultz Pass where Sunset Crater Loop Road goes right. The trail begins as you cross over a cattle guard leaving Highway 89.

 

The trail: Please note – this trail and associated campground are seasonal and closed from late fall to early spring. From the cattle guard on F.R. 552, head west half a mile to the intersection. Stay right where F.R. 420 goes left to Schultz Pass. Stay left at 1.0 mile where a lesser road goes right to a gravel pit. Continue southwest on the wide gravel road and veer right at 1.7 miles where straight dead ends in a gravel pit. The trail gently climbs as it winds back and forth along several gullies. The forest becomes somewhat sparse as this area was affected by the Schultz Fire in 2010. The road makes a hard left at 2.6 miles where a pullout to the right offers a great view of the San Francisco Volcanic Field to the north and east.

 

The road begins to head southwest as it continues to wind, climb and narrow. The trail levels out and reaches Lockett Meadow at 4.5 miles. Continue straight in the meadow to complete a loop around numerous campsites and Lockett Tank. Lockett Meadow Campground is open from May 15 – the first major snow. Single sites are $14.00/day and are open on a first come, first-served basis. There is a vault toilet in the campground. Hikers can follow the Inner Basin Trail from Lockett Meadow into the quiet Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks. Be sure to stay on designated trails and tread lightly in Lockett Meadow in order to keep this area pristine.

 

Summary/Trail Ratings: The trail to Lockett Meadow and back is 9 miles round trip. Allow for about an hour round trip to drive the trail, more to stop and look around in Lockett Meadow. This trail is fairly easy and we’ve rated it a ‘2’ out of 10. It is windy and narrow but is mostly maintained for most of its length. High clearance is recommended but passenger cars can make it with care. This trail is closed when snow is on the ground but it is a quick easy trip to explore during the late spring, summer, and early fall!

Belmont Mountain Ride (easy)

The Belmont Mountain Trail begins just past the Central Arizona Project. The most easy way to get there is by exiting on 379th ave and turning left onto Indian School road. After this turn right onto 387 ave and than left onto northern. Once at Northern, continue on it until you get to 395th where you will make a right turn. Stay left as 395th crosses over the CAP. To the right lies a nice staging spot. Once unloaded begin riding north. You will come to three 'T's. Take a right at the first, left at the second and a right at the third. This will lead you right to Belmont Mountain. As you approach you can see foundations of mining buildings that once stood there. After this you come to a clearing. Going left then left again leads you to the main entrance of the mine. Going left and then right takes you around the backside of Belmont Mountain and the vertical shaft of the Tonopah-Belmont Mountain. Going right takes you to some more foundations and left takes you to Vulture Mine road (where the Morning Star mine is). Trip should me a good exploration and is up to the rider to decide which way to take. There are so many different trails and all of them are fun but short. We did everything but go north on Vulture Mine Road. *By taking Vulture Mine South, it takes you back to the staging spot.

Status: Open/Seasonal | Trail Type: Out & back  | Length: 9 miles round trip | Approx. Time: approx. 1 hour

On this trip, take a short but worthwhile drive to the beautiful Lockett Meadow northeast of Flagstaff. After the drive, you’ll be able to camp in the picturesque meadow or hike into the lightly traveled Inner Basin of the San Francisco Peaks.

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