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Apr 13 2018
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Joined Jan 28 2010
 Fountain Hills,
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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Aug 05 2017
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Walker Basin Trail #81Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2017
toddak
Hiking20.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking20.00 Miles   10 Hrs      2.00 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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Workout day, up to the mesa and back down on four trails. Wanted to do a fifth mesa climb on Bell but WBC was raging from overnight rains, un-crossable.
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May 28 2016
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
White Mesa Trail #86Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
toddak
Hiking16.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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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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Feb 18 2012
hikermary
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female
 Joined Dec 24 2011
 Sedona, Az.
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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hikermary
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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Feb 01 2012
hikermary
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 Joined Dec 24 2011
 Sedona, Az.
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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hikermary
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
2,500 ft AEG
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May 31 2011
topohiker
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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2011
topohiker
Hiking33.27 Miles 4,149 AEG
Hiking33.27 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   3.17 mph
4,149 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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I haven't been to this area in 6 years and I wanted a good long hike, so I decided to do the Apache Maid.

The Bell TH was still a bit cool when I started off. Once on top of the rim, the trail is faint but the 3 foot cage cairns help keep you on the way.
I'm glad I downloaded Rlrjamy's route. I got too complacent on the jeep road and missed the turnoff for the single track climb to the second self.

The three foot caged cairns ended at the base of the Apache Maid Mountain.
My GPS showed that Apache Maid trail continued to the East away from the mountain and ended at the Apache Maid cabin.
After another 2+ miles I seen the cabin and it was behind a locked gate. I then headed back to the Apache Maid MNT and climbed to the peak.
The lookout tower was manned. I went up and talked to "friends of the forest" volunteer Al. He had watched the "pump house" fire in the morning.
Al helped restore the Apache Maid cabin, which is rented out to the public and he thought that the Apache Maid trail ended at the cabin, but he wasn't positive.
From the tower you could see one of the original Apache Maid ranch buildings. I'll have to explorer that another day.

By the time I got done gabbing, it was 3:30 and I'll already clocked 20 miles. By doing the math I knew I was going to be hiking in the dark.
Normally that doesn't bother me, but the thought of hiking across the grass fields and worse yet, the narrow switch backs down to the Bell trail concerned me.
I needed to knock some of the time off of the trip back so I decided to take the 'shortcut' back. I followed the 7/3/09 gang's route down the mountain.
This saved me about 40 minutes of time. When I stopped on the grass field to fill up my camelback, the gnats ate me up.
I made it down to the bell trail by 6:50PM.

Throughout the day, I only saw other three people on the Bell trail and no-one (except the ranger/volunteer) of the Apache Maid trail.
In fact, I hadn't seen (or heard) any ATVs on the jeep roads. It was a very pleasant quiet hike.
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Sep 05 2009
robxxx
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57 male
 Joined Mar 27 2006
 Jamul CA
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2009
robxxx
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
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Was intrigued by the writeup of a 'hard' hike so I selected this
one for labor day weekend as I also planned to relax in the water along Bell trail later.
As promised this is a long hike , quite flat on the rim. Unfortunately by about
1pm I got hammered by a huge thunderstorm that lasted for three hours ! End
of the day ! How can this happen on every AZ backpack I take ?? Must be bringing
rain seeds from NJ. I was about 8mi into the rim section. In the morning hiked through the
mud back down to enjoy Bell trail and real sun for 1.5 dsys. The rim hike gets a little
boring but there are spots with great views.
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Jul 18 2009
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Wet Beaver Canyon LoopCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jul 18 2009
toddak
Canyoneering22.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Canyoneering22.00 Miles   18 Hrs      1.22 mph
3,000 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
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Got a crack-of-dawn start to try and beat the heat, mountain biking the first 2 miles of the Bell Trail to save a little time. Was able to get up Apache Maid, across the mesa, down Waldroup and to the springs in about 6 hours. Navigation across the mesa was straightforward, with mostly obvious trails/roads and lots of cairns. Finding the head of Waldroup Canyon was the only small difficulty - pass Waldroup Tank and hike clear across the valley/meadow below to the far (southeast) corner and it becomes obvious.

Once into the wet section the pace slows considerably, but there's no reason to hurry through this wonderland anyway! Camped a few miles downstream of the springs after a gentle thundershower, then spent the next morning enjoying the bulk of the many fantastic swim pools. Perfect water temp, and it may even be clearer than West Clear Creek! Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and eventually the signs of "civilization" reappear. But the magic of Wet Beaver Creek won't fade.
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Coconino Sandstone
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Jul 07 2009
hhwolf14
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41 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2009
hhwolf14
Hiking11.00 Miles 520 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
520 ft AEG
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Pretty area, with very sweet pools, but not much elevation gain. The five guys that decided to tackle Apache Maid at the beginning of the month made it sound like so much fun... I decided I wanted no part of hiking the whole thing! Just went to the top of the canyon- about 1/4 mile beyond the faded "trail is difficult to follow" sign, and caught a nice view of Sedona and the San Francisco Peaks. Plenty of a workout for me, and kudos to the brave souls who ventured beyond! : app :
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Jul 03 2009
BobP
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57 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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BobP
Hiking28.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   2.47 mph
3,800 ft AEG
 
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If you want to summit... drive there. Time includes an 1 hr or more for breaks etc.
Flora
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Jul 03 2009
JimmyLyding
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 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2009
JimmyLyding
Hiking28.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   2.47 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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This one left a mark! Good Lord Almighty! "Apache Maid" sounds so sweet...too sweet. This trip should be renamed "El Camino del Diablo." There is a recent thread about undergarments: go with spandex undershorts if you do anything foolish like hiking 28 miles in warm weather. Do not, I repeat, do not wear swim trunks.
Those who know me will be shocked, but I took exactly ZERO pictures on this trip. I was too occupied trying to survive
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Jul 03 2009
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2009
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking28.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   11 Hrs   20 Mns   2.47 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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Bob picked this hike. With no triplogs yet it sounded interesting. A little longer than we thought but we made it. It was a warm morning and we were drenched by the first few miles. After the first four miles there are some big cairns to follow most of the way. The trail follows some old roads for a lot of the way after about the fifth mile but you have to stay on the right one and it does leave the roads from time to time. The last stretch to the fire tower follows the main road and seemed to take forever.The tower was locked and no one home. Some nice views. We took a different route down from the tower and that saved us a couple miles.The clouds rolled in on the way back and saved us from the sun a big part of the way.The clouds made the views better too. It pushed me to my limit for sure. I had five Gatorades and still needed a quart of water. Thanks to Bob for bringing his pump filter! Thanks to all who went! I don't think I'll be doing this one again. At least not in July :D :sweat:
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Fire Lookout Structures
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Jul 03 2009
wallyfrack
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2009
wallyfrack
Hiking28.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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At least the weather was nice! ;) We learned the Apache Maid Trail is 13 miles one way and you need to hike 2 miles on the Bell trail to get to it. We short cut down the side of the mountain on the return trip to cut off a few miles. The trail was not all that difficult to follow due to huge cairns and several posts but you did have to watch for them. The trail is rocky in sections and a road (really) in others. All in all the trail isn't that exciting with a few sunflowers and many junipers lining the way. The uphill grade wasn't too steep so we made decent time but the distance did take a toll. The quad riders looked like they were having more fun than us but we'll be feeling the satisfaction from this one for a few more days. :sweat:
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Jul 03 2009
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39 male
 Joined Dec 25 2008
 phoenix, az
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
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sarichter
Hiking28.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking28.00 Miles   10 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
3,300 ft AEG
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lesson learned... basically just read what rljamy wrote... drive up.

lost two toenails, the entire underside of every toe was blistered, and my legs were completely covered in bites.

hope the rest of you guys made it out in one piece!
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Aug 22 1995
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 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Apache Maid Trail #15Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 22 1995
leonesiegel
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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average hiking speed 2.3 mph

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