Casner Mountain Trail

Kachina Village, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 07/27/2019
4.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Highlights

Highlight: Casner Mountain Trail
Much of the Casner Mountain Trail is squeezed in between the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness and Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness offering some of the most awesome views of nature you can see anywhere. This also forces you to keep your vehicle on the trail. You will also get a great view of the famous red rock country of the northern Verde Valley. The Verde Valley encompasses about 714 square miles in the center of Arizona and has hundreds of miles of dirt roads and off-road trails throughout it. You'll have to drive some of them to get to or from the southern trailhead of Casner Mountain Trail. This entire area is the height of Arizona's physical beauty and you'll get an excellent view of it along the Casner Mountain Trail. While most of these off-road four-wheel drive trails are mainly within the control of Coconino National Forest, some also extend into Prescott and Yavapai National Forests; which you can also see parts of from this trail.

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Technical Rating

( MODERATE )

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Waypoints

1. Jerome Rd. / 538B & 6271 Intersection (8 mi)
From this intersection, you'll head south to get onto Casner Mountain Trail. This is the more difficult trailhead to find and is advisable to have a good map or GPS coordinates to and/or from this location. There are large power lines close by that can be used as a landmark to guide your way to this trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Sedona or Flagstaff, Arizona

From the south, you'll turn off of 89A about halfway between Sedona and Cottonwood onto FR 525 / Loy Butte Rd heading north. A few miles down the road take the left fork just after the cattle guard onto FR 525C. Continue on 525C until you reach the large high voltage power lines. Turn right onto 9529 and head north. The trail quickly turns into Trail 8 / Casner Mountain Trail. From the north, you'll want to find your way through the maze of forest roads onto FR 538 and head south on it as it turns into Jerome Rd. The easiest way to find FR 538 is off of FR 231 / East Pocket Road. Continue south as Jerome Rd. turns onto 538B. This will eventually turn into Trail 8 / Casner Mountain Trail just past the intersection with FR 6271.

Camping

Not allowed

Trail Reviews (5)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I've heard that full size trucks, i.e. Toyota Tundra Crewmax or something similar might be too large for the switchbacks yet there are no "concerns" listed for full size trucks. I've also seen video of a Dodge extra cab Power Wagon driving on this trail. Looking for input/opinions on this subject, thanks!
–Jason (10/18/2021)
–Jason (10/19/2021)
–CAsey Flint (10/19/2021)

Writer Information

S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Florida

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Before that, I had been off-road in places like central and northern Utah, east and west Texas, and central and northern Arizona. I've even driven off-road on an island in the Caribbean (the one time I've driven a Jeep off-road). I joined TrailsOffroad because it combines my three favorite hobbies: Off-roading obviously; I've also been blogging for most of my life - even before it was done on the internet (ever heard of a dial-up BBS?) - and even wrote a political column for a now-extinct website for a few years; I also have experience with building websites and promoting on social media. These experiences made writing for Trails Offroad a good fit for me, and I've been enjoying it very much. When I'm not working at my IT job, or playing with my kids, I go on runs with a group of people who like to collaborate. I also run my own online marketing and web content company The Rotisory Foundation (named after a BBS I used to run back in High School and College before the Internet became overwhelmingly popular). I'm a big Toyota fan. I've owned two 4x4 Tacomas, an older 4x4 Toyota pickup, and I'm now on my second FJ Cruiser (the first was a TRD SE 6 speed, that I got rid of after my twins were born). You can learn more about my adventures at For individual use only, not to be shared.