Beginning Elevation: 4,600 Feet (1433.9 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 250 Feet (77.9 Meters)
Length: 7 Miles (11.67 Kilometers) (One Way)
Time, Round Trip: 1-2 Days
Trail Number: 8
USGS Map: Loy Butte
GENERAL INFORMATION: Originally built to maintain power lines, Casner Mountain trail offers spectacular views of the Sycamore Canyon and Red Rock/Secret Mountain Wildernesses and the Verde Valley. The trail follows an old jeep road which still provides access to the power lines.
The trail begins in high desert vegetation and switchbacks up the side of Casner Mountain. Once on top of the mesa, Pinyon/Juniper with open grasslands are the norm. The ascent is very strenuous and accounts for about 2 miles of the total length. However, once on top the hike is really quite easy to moderate. Take lots of water especially during the Summer months.
Wildlife is abundant, particularly in the winter months. Watch for Elk and Deer. An occasional Bear and even Mountain Lion are spotted.
From Flagstaff, Drive 30 miles south from Flagstaff through Sedona on US 89A. Five miles past Sedona turn north on FR 525 and follow the signs to Sycamore Pass. Turn west on FR 525C and continue for seven miles to the trailhead. Watch for the trailhead sign on your right where the power line crosses the road.
Normally Open: Year-round - Year-round (Snow may be present in Winter.)
Sedona Ranger District, P.O. Box 300, 250 Brewer Road, Sedona, AZ 86339-0330. Phone: 520-282-4119