Wave Cave Trail

MODERATE 149 reviews
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Wave Cave Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 980 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

hiking
1 day ago

I would not say this is a "moderate" trail. AllTrails rated Wind Cave as moderate and I was expecting the same here, but was worked SO much harder. This is a hard trail to hike and to follow. Pack PLENTY of water and snacks to keep your energy up.

Also, last 5mi is is all dirt roads. ATVs are recommended for the road.

1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful scenery. The last part of the ascent is all upward climb and harder for those of us who are out of shape, but it was still fun and definitely worth it! As others have mentioned, when you get to the fence, go THROUGH the fence to continue on the trail. You can go left or right, but that is for different trails, not for Wave Cave.

This was an overall good hike. You first drive down a dirt road for about 5 miles, which is fun and scenic. I recommend something with a little ground clearance.

The hike was nice and challenging. It got a little hard to follow the trail after you go through the barbed wire fence. I recommend staying left. Close to the end The trail gets pretty steep and requires a little scrambling.

It's completely worth it when you get to the cave. It's a big cave and much cooler than the outside, great views also.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful place to visit.

3 days ago

4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Approximate time:
~ 45-60 minutes each way.

Word of advice:
There's an unpaved road for ~5 miles. You do not need an SUV to get there though. We noticed that so many people get confused on the directions. They go to the left or right of the fence. Do neither. Go through the entrance through the fence itself. The entrance is not obvious but if you get closer, you will see that there are light orange color poles. Go there and you will see that the opening is actually right there. I am going to post a picture of that fence so be sure to check it out.

About the trail:
This trail is beautiful! The path is surrounded by Saguaro cactus and many other desert plants.

Our experience:
We started out on a rainy day and took our chances to hike. The mountain tops were covered with clouds and they were barely visible. This actually added glamour to the beauty as seeing the rain in the desert while being surrounded by different cacti has a different level of excitement. We took our time to hike up as we had an 8-year old accompanying us. The last climb at the actual Wave Cave was a bit challenging due to muddy slopes but it wasn't too bad. Actually coming down was tougher as we kept sleeping from time-to-time! LOL. It was all fun though and if it had not rained, it would have been fine. Once we got to the cave, we felt our effort was worth it. There were many other smaller groups and it was actually nice to see that so many people, of all ages, are actually enjoying this type of outdoor activity.

7 days ago

Evening hike - Think we needed to plan it earlier ! Didn't make it up :( sun was setting .. beautiful views !

8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

bring lots of water. keep an eye out for Bighorn sheep up top of cave. great views.

10 days ago

so fun!! just make sure you have good shoes on. There are a few different ways to get to the cave when you get closer, if you go to the left, it is much more difficult, but so worth it

10 days ago

10 days ago

Great hike!! The last part of it is steep but very doable, even with a kid on your back

hiking
10 days ago

As long as you follow the directions on here to go through the fence it's easy to find. If you are taking kids please control them.

11 days ago

11 days ago

Fun, my daughter and I took our two golden retrievers. Was a nice hike.