Wind Cave Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
For hikers who wish to be challenged, the trail doesn't end at the Wind Cave. There is a loop left exit of the cave, or by continuing past the cave at the main "entrance." There is scrambling involved regardless of which route you take.
Wonderful hike. very popular, so was a bit busy but nothing too annoying. After getting to the top, continue passed the unmarked trail (at your own risk) for some incredibly rewarding views. Would recommend this trail to anyone!
Great hike, last part is in the shade, which is so nice when you are hot and sweaty! The only reason for 4 stars is that it is a very busy trail and the top of the trail has the wind cave where there are a ton of bees. I understand it is nature and we are in their space, but didn't know that first time going up and I am allergic. I stayed off to the right and didn't sit up where the bees are and fortunately, all was fine. Otherwise, beautiful hike that is a bit challenging for newbies.
Great hike up a moderately challenging trail and easy decent. Great weather now, I can see why this must kill in later months... No shade
Fairly easy to get to the cave. For a more difficult hike, keep going! You can go all the way to the top but be careful...steep drop offs and easy to get lost.
~ 45-60 minutes each way.
Word of advice:
Once on the top, when you see the sign, Wind Cave, it's right there on your left. People often continue past that point and miss it. If you continue further from the Wind Cave, do know that you will enter a difficult terrain.
About the trail:
This trail is beautiful! The path is surrounded by Saguaro cactus and many other desert plants.
The initial part of the hike is super smooth and kind of warms you up. You literally walk through Mother Nature's Desert Garden for the first 15-20 minutes! The incline gets steeper as you go on but it's not difficult. I saw many children as well dogs along the way. People are super friendly. The hike past the Wind Cave is difficult and there are warning signs so pay attention to them if you decide to continue beyond that point. I think Wind Cave should also be known as the Squirrel Point! LOL! People actually bring nuts and stuff for the super friendly squirrels. I will post a couple of pictures here.
Huge hive at end of trail. Thankfully I had my epipen with me.