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2018-04-13  
Casner Butte, AZ
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Casner Butte, AZ 
Casner Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking8.03 Miles 1,483 AEG
Hiking8.03 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.71 mph
1,483 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
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There are a lot of things in the Verde Valley named ‘Casner’, including the butte I ascended.

The Casner family had a ranch next to Wet Beaver Creek way back in the 1800s, into the 1900s.
The grounds now are used by a private college prep school.

To get to Casner Butte, I used the Bell Trail, Apache Maid Trail, and a bushwhack up to the butte, and then basically retraced my track.

The Apache Maid Trail has 18 very long switchbacks, going up to the Mogollon Rim, and this makes for a very gradual ascent. I’m guessing the trail was built that way to get cattle up to the Rim (and down again), without having them roll down to the creek. The rim appears to have good grazing land.

The two trails are in great shape, and the off trail was uneventful.
Yes, a Casner Benchmark lives up on the butte. :)

This was a quick, fun little adventure, in an area that was new to me.
I’m sure the creek area is bright with fall foliage in the fall.
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