Casner Canyon Trail

HARD 17 reviews
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Casner Canyon Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
1,732 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching



Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 25 miles south from Flagstaff or 2 miles north from Sedona on US 89A. Park either on the west side of the highway across from a road blocked by a closed gate or at the Grasshopper Point recreation Area. If you park at Grasshopper, you'll have to follow Allens' Bend Trail to its intersection with Casner Canyon Trail. Allen's Bend Trail starts at the north end of the Grasshopper Point parking lot.

1 month ago

great trail! didn’t see another soul on it which was nice! the trail is difficult to find at some points and you need to cross a river which adds to the difficulty but also the adventure!

5 months ago

Great hike easy for 1700 elevation gain

7 months ago

Read Jerry K's excellent review below. Not more to add. I thought it impossible to have a bad hike in Sedona but this one qualifies. The uphill climb up the Canyon is steep with no trail markers as you navigate through brush. Going downhill can be dangerous as there is little firm footing.

11 months ago

Casner Canyon Trail is a tough trail. It is a continuous uphill trail becoming very steep in certain sections of the last 2/3rds going up. It is very rocky on the trail so have sturdy soled shoes otherwise your feet will be hurting at the end of the hike up and down. The first third of the hike is in typical interesting terrain through trees. However the last 2/3rds of the hike starts to get boring as you climb the side wall of the Canyon amongst scrub brush. This is where it becomes a grind climbing continuously up and getting steep. Very very good cardio workout if that is what you are looking for. Park .4 miles past Grasshopper Point heading towards Flagstaff. There is a small paved turnoff on the right where you will see a old small road with a metal bar gate blocking the road. There is a larger dirt turnoff directly on the opposite side of the road. Walk past the metal gate on the old road and take the trail on your left down the embankment. At the bottom, turn left on Allen’s Bend Trail and head upstream. Where the Allen’s Bend trail definitely ends make your way perpendicular to the river. Look just a little ways upstream for the log you will use to cross the river. Piece of cake. No worries. Walk perpendicular to the river to locate the next small stream. Find your way around the small second stream by walking to your left when you get to it. Follow the rough path that skirts along the side of the steam going downstream now that you are across it. Eventually you will come to the wash that comes from Casner Canyon. Just on the other side of the wash is the beginning of the trail which now goes left. Use your All Trails app to find the trail and stay on it. Otherwise you might take a wrong turn. Take lots of water and some food. Enjoy your extreme cardio workout and the view at the top. Be very careful coming down because the many small and big rocks can be like marbles and your feet can go out from under you quickly. If that happens, watch out that you don’t put your hands right on a cactus when you try to save yourself from falling backwards. I feel there are so many much better interesting trails than this one. This one is for folks who just want to check off a box in their effort to walk every trail in Sedona.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Nice trail. Creek crossing was knee/thigh high in January. Finding trail was fairly easy but the beginning has a lot of side trails. Would have had 4 stars if hike didn’t end with a group of four wheel vehicles and a minivan parked st the climatic viewpoint. We found a trail to Casner stream bed that was more interesting than the trail.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This trail might be great, but right from the start we had problem tracking the trail (for the record, we are fairly exprericenced hikers). I'm pretty sure you have to cross the river on foot. We could have walked in the water but just decided to do something else for that day. Also, you have to pay extra for that trailhead which was even more disappointing.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice hike, not too difficult (would rate it moderate). Nice views on area around Sedona. Crossing Oak Creek was easy - knee deep. First part climbs up gradually, second part is more strenuous. On the plateau it's fairly level.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The trail sounds great from the description but unfortunately at the head of the trail we immediately were unable to locate the actual trail because the supposed trail was mostly covered with loose boulders. We came to the river and realized we were unable to cross without wading through knee deep water. We searched the area for many different entry points to cross the river but were unable to. Maybe the water was high for the time of year or we were unable to locate the actual trail, but it doesn't seem heavily traveled.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Great views. Trail overgrown in places. Definitely take all the way to Schnebly Hill Vista. You won't be disappointed.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Great hike! Didn't see another soul on the trail. It's 8 miles round trip if you go to scenic point.

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