Wave Cave Trail

Wave Cave Trail, Gold Canyon: Address, Wave Cave Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Wave Cave Trail
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Faith G.
4 contributions
Beautiful but not very well marked
Mar. 2021 • Family
We parked in the Lost Goldmine trailhead parking lot since a permit was not required. Taking the trail over to the Wave Cave trail is a good way to start out but unfortunately there are no defining markers to show where to go. We added on more than a mile before some other hikers told us we had gone too far. They were nice enough to show us where to turn.

We went on a Monday early afternoon and not many people were on the trail. By the time we got to the top there was one other family there and they were getting ready to leave so we had some time in the cave. It’s a good hike and beautiful scenery the entire way!
Written March 29, 2021
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Karekey
newark ohio855 contributions
Cool cave!
Mar. 2021
Loved this trail in Gold Arizona. The trail required a Arizona state land trust permit for 15$ which is good for a year. Display a copy on your dash and carry a copy per person. Support your local lands ! We did not see many other cars with the permit. We arrived later in the day at 1pm and had to park down the way. The dirt road leading to the trail was a bit rough. The trail is short at 3 miles with 900 feet of elevation gain all in the last 1/4 mile. It made me feel better that collage age people were huffing and puffing as much as us old people were. The last but is more of a rock a scramble but take your time and it is a cool pay off at the cave. Everyone was helpful and respectful of other taking photos. I was disappointed to see some graffiti on the walls.
Written March 21, 2021
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AnitaJack
Sartell, MN58 contributions
Unique and good exercise!
Jan. 2021
Scenery from inside the cave is beautiful! Not a hike for small children. Last quarter mile of trail is steep. Take it one step at a time and you will be rewarded.
Written January 30, 2021
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jennifer g
12 contributions
Spectacular Views
Jan. 2021
Beautiful views. Half our group did not make it to the cave. Trail is definitely difficult as it is in it's natural state. Some spots are very narrow and rocky, I saw athletic adults having to sit down on some narrow spots to navigate. However my 13 yr old had no problems making it. Overall it was worth the long hike in for the scenery. Bring plenty of water and watch the temperature. We hiked in 68 deegres and it felt like 90.
Written January 27, 2021
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Jj R
Phoenix, AZ7 contributions
Great Trail
May 2020 • Friends
Gorgeous moderate hike. Some steep climbs, loose rock and need to use hands to climb. Definitely a must. Make sure to go early if it is hot and stay hydrated. And huge thank you to the person who took the time to mark arrows on the rocks to keep climbers on track!
Written May 6, 2020
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Debra S
Scottsdale, AZ116 contributions
One of the best hikes in the Superstition Mountains!
Apr. 2020 • Friends
If you want to see thousands of enormous Saguaros this is the perfect hike! It’s pretty easy until the last 1/4 of the hike whereas you have to climb and the trail is very narrow with deep canyon cliffs . Wear hiking shoes because it’s slippery! The elevation is about 950 ft! Once your in the wave cave the view is really breathtaking!
Written April 19, 2020
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NurturingMom
2 contributions
Wave Cave
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Great trail. Difficult vertical at the top but worth it. Spectacular views! I body surfed on the way down..... rocks and loose gravel so I fell. Luckily no serious injuries. Must have good hiking shoes and TAKE YOUR TIME ESP. COMING DOWN 😁
Written March 16, 2020
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Mike Zschunke, Scottsdale Realtor
Scottsdale, AZ60 contributions
Maybe a new favorite...
Feb. 2020 • Friends
Maybe a new favorite hike near Phoenix. Gets a bit steep near the end but being that it’s not a long hike it’s not bad. Absolutely gorgeous views. 6 mile dirt road to parking. Definitely check it out. Well marked.
Written February 16, 2020
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CindyJoe P
15 contributions
Great hike...worth the vertical and technical hike at the end!
Feb. 2020
Spacious and photogenic cave with expansive views of the valley below. Cool and breezy, which feels wonderful after enduring the tough, vertical section of "trail" leading up to the cave.
Bring some snacks...and make sure to have plenty of water!
For some interesting history, check out the 22-minute "Apache Kids Cave" video on YouTube.
There are two places to park: the main parking lot and the "Overflow" lot that is .7 miles further down the road from the main parking lot/trailhead.
We parked in the Overflow lot, which resulted in us taking a longer hike to the cave that was an easy trail and hugged the side of the mountain along the way. However, on the way back, we couldn't find the turnoff to it, so we just kept walking straight to the main parking lot, then walked the .7 miles on the road back to our car. This worked okay.
After getting off the "easy' trail to the cave, you must follow the signs and the painted white arrows on the rocks along the way. The last section is quite technical...no way is it "moderate".
But the real challenge is coming back down that same section of "trail" nearest the cave. As with any hiking that's not flat, coming down is often more challenging than going up. Going up works your quads, but coming down challenges your sense of balance to stay upright.
My wife and I are seasoned hikers and it took us 80 minutes to get from the Overflow parking area to the cave, and took us a bit longer coming down because of the technical, vertical nature of the section of trail directly in front of the cave.
Bring a small backpack with at least two water bottles per person and a light snack to munch on in the cave. Careful of bringing chips or other salty things, though. You will need to stay hydrated. Oranges would be perfect.
As you get closer to the mountain the cave is on, you can see it about halfway up the largest mountain on the left. It is a slot opening on an oblong section of rock. The opening slants slightly down, with the right side lower than the left.
Very fun hike and the cave is worth it!
Written February 9, 2020
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Nomad633880
1 contribution
Wave cave
Jan. 2020 • Couples
We are around 70 years old but active and healthy and found the trip difficult near the cave... steep going up and harder going down because of the loose rocks. We found it more difficult than Weaver’s Needle.
Written January 31, 2020
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