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7/1/23: Casner Mountain Trail | Near Sedona/Flagstaff | 4x4 Moderate | Day Trip

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I am borrowing information from @4x4tographer with his blessing. He helped me get my hands on the permit for this run, thanks dude!¬† ūüôā

 

Join my wife and I for a day trip on the famous Casner Mountain Trail! The USFS only allots 22 permits per year to help keep this trail in good shape. Each permit limited to 10 vehicles/25 people,  that means getting there and running the trail is a special treat.

 

This trail will take us high above the city of Sedona along a series of serious switchbacks where we will gain 2,000 ft of elevation in just under 2 miles. At the top, we will ride the ridge-back of the mountains with beautiful views of the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness to the right and Sycamore Canyon to the left. As we climb, the landscape will transform from scrub brush and junipers to the tall and shady Ponderosa pines. We'll cruise through the Coconino National Forest and end up just outside of the city of Flagstaff near the I-17.

 

When & Where:

Saturday: July 1, 2023 @ 8:30 A.M.

Air down and depart NLT 9:00 A.M.- Please arrive fueled up and ready to go.

Location: Dirt lot near the intersection of 89A and Loy Butte Road (FR 525)

34.815120577231774, -111.9052835271499

 

 

Trail Rating:  Moderate 

We will be running the trail from South to North, dropping us off near Flagstaff.

 

This trail is not very technical- based  on past experience it is well maintained. There are very steep inclines with tight turns (in the switchbacks on the way up and along the saddle), moderate off-camber and narrow shelf roads.

 

Because of the steep , off-camber and very tight switchbacks Full-sized trucks are not recommended. Also, if your rig is a manual I ask that you be very comfortable with it when climbing uphill.

 

Great trail resources:

 

Vehicle Requirements:

High clearance, 4x4 with low range, aggressive A/T or M/T tires are required. GMRS or ham radio in good working order. Most stock 4x4 vehicles with low range will do great. Rear lockers/limited slip recommended.(Not required)

 

Communications:

GMRS Channel 20 (462.675mhz)

 

Additional Items:

  • Dress for the weather
  • Bring a chair!
  • Bring snacks, a lunch and plenty of water
  • Recovery gear/traction aid
  • Emergency supplies / Med kit
  • Sunscreen!
  • Don't forget that camera - you're going to want it
  • Bring a positive attitude!¬†ūü§ė

 

Sign-Up:

Per the permit: 10 vehicles MAX and 25 people MAX.

When you sign up, please tell me how many are in your party. Anyone above the 10 vehicle max will be added to the standby list. Don't worry if you end up on stand-by; people drop out as plans change and you may end up getting a spot!

 

 

Attending:

  1.  @shellback91 & Mrs. shellback91(Lead)
  2.  @MzPriss +1
  3.   @LaZorraRoja +1 
  4.  @Sputternutz +1
  5.  @Dcoleaz +1
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Yes please!

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3 hours ago, MzPriss said:

Yes please!

You + 1 or alone?

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8 hours ago, shellback91 said:

Because of the steep , off-camber and very tight switchbacks Full-sized trucks are not recommended. Also, if your rig is a manual I ask that you be very comfortable with it when climbing uphill.

 

I can attest to this!  When I ran the trail, I had to keep stopping because the folks in front of me were taking pictures.  Starting out again on that steep grade with a manual was challenging!  The views were worth it though!

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I'm in! Me +1

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13 hours ago, shellback91 said:

You + 1 or alone?

+1 please

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Sign me up. +1

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9 minutes ago, Jbjr said:

Sign me up. +1

Signing you up, I presume you are bringing the WJ?

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Probably be it the wj.  If not i have my truck as a backup.

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