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Casner Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide
"A little-used trail to the east rim of Oak Creek Canyon. Most of the trail is on a dry, south-facing slope, and the low chaparral brush allows good views. This is a good trail to hike on weekends and holidays when other trails are crowded.The trail follows the closed road down to Oak Creek, crosses the creek, and heads up the bed of Casner Canyon. There is no trail across the creek because of the damage from the massive flood in 1993. The key is to locate the mouth of Casner Canyon on the east side of the creek, downstream of the point where you first reach the creek; the topographic map, which shows the trail, may be useful."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
Note that you need to cross Oak Creek. Plan on at least shin-deep water. Trail was poorly maintained--overgrown and hardly visible in places, the footing was large (3 to 5 inch) rocks most of the way up, but since it was the side of the mountain, obvious where to go. At the top, the trail was very poorly marked and we wasted a lot of time trying to stay on the trail. When we finally found the scenic overlook at the end of the trail, there was a lovely couple standing there who had simply driven up Schnebly Drive in their car. A disappointment, since this trail, though shorter than Wilson Mountain, seemed much more difficult because of the poor footing and poor trail marking. Would I recommend it? No, not unless you are trying to hit every trail in Sedona. Much better mountain hikes on other trails, such as Wilson Mountain or Bear Mountain.
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