Casner Mountain Trail

Total Miles


2,075.49 ft


1.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The north-to-south route provides possibly the best views of the Sedona Red Rocks and surrounding areas than any other trail. When traveling from south to north, the lower part of the trail becomes more technical than the reverse route. The switchbacks at the Southernmost part of the trail take you on a steep climb from 4364' elevation to 6821' elevation on top of Casner Mountain requiring high-clearance 4WDs. This trail is extremely narrow and primitive so keep your eyes on the trail and bring your rig to a stop to enjoy the views. I highly recommend this trail.This trail requires a Coconino National Forest Permit issued twice per year on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the Red Rock Ranger Station for procedures.

Photos of Casner Mountain Trail

Casner Mountain Trail
Casner Mountain Trail
Casner Mountain Trail


Tech Rating 4 - The top of the trail runs the entire mountain ridge with terrain similar to any power line road, the Southern most part of the trail has a series of switchbacks and ledges. When headed in a South to North route the trail is more technical requiring navigation over steep grades and terrain made of large rocks and loose materials warranting the rating. Note that getting to the North Gate of the trail requires traveling over more undulating terrain, washes, and forest roads.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Robert Moreno
Mar 27, 2024
extremely muddy. limited to 62" or smaller or need a permit
Robert Adeky
Mar 03, 2024
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Posted Sign
Trenton Hayward
Feb 26, 2024
going up the switchbacks to the top may require an ohv. very wild route, looks like lots of dilapidated sections of rocks washing out going up and down the switchbacks
Carlos Vargas Reyes
Sep 19, 2023

Access Description

A: Traveling Casner Mountain Trail North to South. Take I-17 to the Pulliam Airport Exit (Flagstaff Fairgrounds Exit) Fill up at the Love Fuel Center just off the exit. Head South on 89a heading towards Oak Creek and Sedona. Exit onto Fry Park Trail and continue onto Backward Tank Trail. Cross the 4-corner intersection onto Secret Mountain Trail. Stay on the main Secret Mountain Trail all the way to the Casner Mountain Trail North Gate.B: Traveling Casner Mountain Trail from South to North - From 89a between Cottonwood and Sedona turn onto Loy Butte Honanki Trail heading North. Turn left onto Sycamore Pass Trail (525C) and turn right onto Casner Mountain Trail. Continue to the South Gate.

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