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White Mesa Trail #86, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 1.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,998 feet
Elevation Gain 919 feet
Accumulated Gain 919 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.21
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Routes 16,052
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Sun  6:15am - 6:24pm
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The White Mesa Trail starts on the west side of Casner Canyon with Casner Butte Visible on the east side of the drainage. The Casners were a family who homesteaded on the south side of Wet Beaver Creek in the 1870s and have several landforms in the Verde Valley named after them. The trail enters the Wet Beaver Wilderness (closed to the use of motorized equipment and mechanized transport, including bicycles) and passes through typical upper Sonoran vegetation, consisting of prickly pear, agave, and juniper.

The intermittent flow of water in Casner Canyon has exposed several of the geologic layers found in many of the canyons of the colorado Plateau. The pinkish-colored rock layer seen at the bottom of the canyon is part of the Supai Formation, deposited over 250 million years ago. Overlying the Supai Formation are the Toroweap Formation, Coconino sandstone, and the Kaibab Formation. Basaltic flows from volcanic activity to the north are visible as the top layer.

The trail gently ascends the west side of the canyon and ends near the gate. A short hike from the gate to the top of White Mesa provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Apache Maid Mountain can be seen to the east; the San Francisco Peaks are visible to the north; to the west is the Red Rock country of Sedona; and to the southwest are the Black Hills. For those with orienteering skills a loop hike may be made by following the rim of Casner Canyon to its head and hiking due south to connect with the Apache Maid Trail #15. A topographic map and compass are recommended for the loop hike. Be sure to take plenty of water for your hike as none is available on the trail.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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White Mesa Trail #86
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Nice day wandering around WBC. Out Bell, up White Mesa then looped around Split Tank and back down on Apache Maid, continued over to the creek and up to the mesa again on Bell, then back down and creek-walked downstream to exit on Wier. White Mesa trail isn't terribly scenic but it is in good condition. As with the other trails in this area, once you reach the mesa at the top of the climb the trail quickly fades away.

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
From I-17 turn east at exit 298. Go approximately 2 miles to FR 656. Turn left and drive the the parking lot. Hike 2 miles to the junction of Bell Trail and the Wier Trail.
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