Casner Mountain Trail

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4.9/5 (11 reviews)
Sedona, Arizona (Yavapai County)
Last Updated: 10/15/2023
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Casner Mountain Trail runs between the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness. It is an exceptional vantage point for viewing the Red Rock Country. The Sedona region is widely known for its natural beauty, and the Casner Mountain Trail, which reaches an altitude of 6,821 feet, offers a unique perspective that few people have experienced. Although the narrow and twisting switchbacks, sheer cliff shelf road, and steep hill climbs can be challenging, it is worth taking a break to appreciate the stunning views of the Sycamore Basin to the west and Mooney Canyon to the east.

With advanced planning, you can spend a day or two exploring the most famous offroad trails in the Sedona area. The next day, you can climb the Casner Mountain Trail to reach the top of the rim and then explore the extensive network of trails in the upper Coconino National Forest.


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4.9/5 (11)
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13900
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 10/15/2023

Seasonal Closure for full size vehicles that require a permit. The trail is open year round for vehicles less than 62”.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/23/2023

Absolutely incredible trail. We ran from north to south and then back north. Turning the corner and looking down the hill at Waypoint 9 to the narrow trail at the bottom had me taking a pause. Beautiful canyons on both sides of the trail. Switchbacks were awesome. Had to do a couple three-point turns due to some deep ruts. Great trail!
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Todd Harkins
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Todd Harkins
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/26/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

WOW! Amazing views! The trail is getting more and more eroded with the rains. It’s now a high 3, low 4 in difficulty. I managed just fine in my modded, stock height 4Runner tho. The switchbacks are no joke, and not an area you want to take your eyes off! One of the best trails I’ve done so far!
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Jamie Thomas
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Jamie Thomas
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Partially Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/15/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

After our rainy season I wasn't sure what to expect. The lower (south end) was very washed out with medium sized rain ruts and lot of medium rocks which made this run much better than when the road is graded. Definitely a Moderate trail today. We started the trail on the south side and went up the switchbacks to the end of the trail, Then turned around and went back down. Round trip from 89A to the top gate and back was 5 hours including photo stops and lunch. I loved the round trip because it enabled us to see the views from both directions and go both ways on the switchbacks. Incredible views all along the trail. Highly recommend this trail!!!! REQUIRES PERMIT! ONLY 22 PERMITS ISSUED A SEASON! The permits are good for 1 assigned week during the season, but can only be used for 1 day during that assigned week. 10 vehicles Max!!!
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Marty
Trail Review: Casner Mountain Trail - Marty
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

An trail with two canyon views. A real treat and well worth it. We ran it South to North so we could camp on top of the rim and in the cool pines. But I agree with Trails Offroad that running North to South is the way to go. Your facing the amazing views almost the whole ride.

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