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Casner Mountain Trail #8, AZ

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Distance One Way 6.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,652 feet
Elevation Gain 2,159 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,686 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 15.85
Backpack Yes
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5  2020-05-02
Taylor Cabin Loop
6  2020-04-04
Taylor Cabin via Dogie Trail - Sycamore Canyon
13  2020-02-06
Taylor Cabin Loop
23  2017-03-18
Casner - Cabins - Loy - Robbers Loop
14  2017-03-18
Casner - Cabins - Loy - Robbers Loop
12  2016-07-01
Casner - Taylor Cabin - Sycamore - Dogie Loop
30  2012-04-07
Casner-Taylor-Dutch-Sycamore-Dogie Loop
5  2012-02-14 toddak
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Author ridebmxdammit
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Location Corvallis, OR
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Sun  5:14am - 7:44pm
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Rather B Ridin'
by ridebmxdammit

We drove down to Sedona from Corvallis, Oregon, originally intending to hike the Casner Mountain/Taylor Cabin/Sycamore Canyon/Dogie Trail loop, which is about 20 miles from what I've read. However, it didn't entirely turn out that way, mostly because the rangers in the area were incredibly unhelpful and gave us this terrible excuse for a map. The road there was pretty straight forward and not too difficult; I have a Subaru Outback, and it did everything just fine. A small subcompact car might have difficulties, but I think a reasonable driver in a mid- or full-size car could do it.

At any rate, the hike itself is pretty strenuous for the first few miles until you top out the mountain. The first mile, maybe a little more, is a moderate incline, but then it gets into some steep switchbacks which take you directly up the side of the mountain. You're hiking along power lines the entire way, which isn't exactly enjoyable; you can hear them buzzing and whatnot, but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

The trail itself is this old sketchy road that's really wide and very easy to hike. The views are pretty excellent. Once you get into the switchbacks, you get some lovely views of Sycamore Canyon on one side and the Sedona area on the other, which is fantastic. It's boring until you hit the edge on the top of the mountain, at which point you get Loy Canyon on one side and Sycamore Canyon on the other. We ended up turning around about 1/2 down the trail out of frustration because we thought we missed Taylor Cabin Trail and were much more out of shape than we thought (hiking much too slow).

I've heard the loop is fantastic, and I'd like to go back and complete it one day, but keep in mind that it's one hell of a hike up that freakin' mountain (imagine planning this online thinking it's a 250 ft. climb, driving 25 hours straight to get there, and realizing that the trail goes straight up the side of the mountain...combine that with 60 hours without sleeping, a setting sun, and that was our situation. Joy.)

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2003-05-08 ridebmxdammit
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Coconino FS Details
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, particularilly in the winter months. Watch for Elk and Deer. An occassional Bear and even Mountain Lion are spotted.

USGS Map: Loy Butte


One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. Go to Red Rock Pass then check "When is a Red Rock Pass Required?". If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Red Rock - Secret Mountain Wilderness
see map for camping restrictions

Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
About 48 miles south of Flagstaff (17 miles west of Sedona) on paved and graveled roads.

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.
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