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Views are fabulous

Easy trail to hike beautiful sites to see

I like it

This was my first time back to hiking in while. I took my five kids, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11. The two oldest went ahead both directions and made friends along the trail. I carried the three year old most of the way, (though he probably could have walked, it just would have taken all day) and the two youngers stayed close by me. We brought a lunch and enjoyed the cool of the rocks in the shade while we ate. Then the kids had a good time exploring the rocks, climbing higher up, until it was time to go back. It was a great easy to moderate hike for me and the kids.

the trail was amazing nice scenery and a good workout

Great views

great hike! my 5 year old and I enjoyed it.

1 day ago

Plan was to hike Wave Cave today, no parking! So......did another beautiful hike to Weaver’s Needle considering I was more than half way through the dirt road drive....First Day Of Spring!!! Lots of green :)

If you’re looking for a trail that will kick your butt and have great views of the Superstitions. This is your kinda trail! The first part of the trail is a great incline to the top with some of the trail being very rocky. The other parts are taking big steps up into other rocks. Once at the top there’s a couple different ways to take but the overall trail is a big circle. I personally wouldn’t take my dog on this trail compared to others we have taken her on. I would love to do this trail during sunset or sunrise next.

2 days ago

3/20/18 Great trail. Pretty easy even for a big guy like me (350lbs). Has some ups and downs but they’re pretty spaced out. There are a few vista views and there’s even a nice sturdy bench about a mile into the trail. Beware of lots of horse poop along the trail, also by the looks there were either bike tire or off-road walker tracks. The trail initially splits off the gold mine trail about 1/4 mile into it, the trail runs on the west side of the mountain so if you start before 10am the trail will be mostly shaded. There’s a $6 self pay parking fee. 2 porta potties in the parking lot.

To get to the trailhead you have to drive about 7 miles on a dusty gravel road. There is a unorganized parking lot and another over flow one a little bit down the road. We parked in the second one and walked back on the road. There are no signs for the Wave Cave Trail. So we just asked someone before starting. The beginning of the trail is hard to see where the actual trail is. The end of the trail is defiantly the most difficult. You will need both hands and feet. There are some spots with loose gravel on top or rock. I would consider taking traction covers for my shoes next time. Once we got to the top there were like 10 kids running around creating tons of dust! We did not even want to pull the camera out because of the dust. Eventually they left and we were able to get some good pictures. On the way down nearly all the kids were crying or complaining. Not a hike for kids.

Beautiful hike! Although I would not say it’s flat!

2 days ago

Wow! Well worth the effort to get up to the Wave!

2 days ago

I'm not an avid hiker... so it was a little too strenuous for my taste. I was hoping the view from the top would make it worth the effort, but maybe my expectations were set a little too high, because it was good, but not spectacular.

Great day hike!
Go on a week day to avoid the masses

Nice easy, sandy trail with no steep embankments. Mostly flat with a tiny incline in places. Pretty cactus - no wildflowers this year. Well marked.

really nice hike! People on here said to took about 2 hours but i finished it and the connector in 1hr and 20min. But, that is just because i am a trail runner so it was not long. Only had very minimal periodical stops. Overall, nice hike. I'm more for difficulty but, this hike is beautiful non-the same. You'll enjoy it! It is worth the drive. And it is free no fee to hike it (the best pat lol)

great trail. a little hard for 1st timers to find the "right" trail but once there it's a fun and exhausting climb. well worth the effort up.

3 days ago

Pinnacle Peak is a bit of a misnomer. The trail doesn't technically lead you to the summit. That's off limits to climbers only. It's a winding trail with inclines/declines. About 1.75 hour round trip

love you Trail walk it with my dog once a week

Easy hike with little portions of elevation. Great for dogs and children.

3 days ago

This is definitely one of my top favorite hikes in this area! The views are really wonderful and the terrain switches up a lot to keep things interesting. I took my two dogs who are very used to hiking and they started to get a little tired towards the last mile coming back. We went on New Year's Day so by the time we were descending it was very crowded but I am not sure if it is because it was a holiday. Driving up, there is a long stretch of dirt that is a bit rocky so I would recommend going slow or taking a larger vehicle. By the time we were driving off, the parking lot was completely full and people were parking pretty far down the road. All in all it took us a bit less than 3 hours going at a leisurely pace with a 20 minute break for food at the halfway point.

I hike with my dogs a few times a week and will typically do this one if I want something easy but long enough to tire them out. The views are pretty nice of the surrounding mountains especially if you choose to do the lost dog lookout. I usually do this trail clockwise and it feels more like a walk than a hike. The trailhead is really well maintained and there is tons of parking. If you’re hiking watch out for mountain bikers as you share the trail with them.

3 days ago

Fun little moderate trail up into the McDowell mountains, lots of great cacti to see up close, gorgeous views back into Scottsdale.

I love this trail and try to go with my dogs at least once a week. It goes back and forth between slightly steep inclines and level ground. For an inexperienced hiker, you may need to take a few breaks before reaching the top but it is definitely worth it. I usually am able to finish the entire hike in about 45-60 minutes if I am not rushing but going at a steady pace. I also will usually end right before the loop because its mostly flat and I don't feel as though it adds too much to my overall workout. With that being said, its definitely worth doing the loop at least once because there are a few cool rock formations to see. If you decide to complete the loop I recommend paying attention as its not incredibly well marked.

Awesome trail!!!!

Great trial, not easy but worth the hike

This park is so crowded, but well maintained and easy to access if you're in a time crunch. There are rocks and the occasional snake, but I do enjoy completing this hike several times a year.

4 days ago

My family and I enjoy this hike. I've completed it several times with them and by myself. It is also pet-friendly. I would also recommend this for trail running. There are crowds on the weekend, but the views of Peoria are nice. Bathrooms are at the trailhead if you start from Westwing Park.

First hike I ever did and now do it routinely. A bit crowded on weekends.

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