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Great trial, not easy but worth the hike

Great trail and easy trail. The Hieroglyphics are pretty cool to see. There wasn’t that much water when i was there but after a good rain it would awesome to see. 90% of the trail was even, and easy to walk on. Gradual incline but nothing crazy. Kids can easily do the trail. Can’t wait to go back!

Great Hike! Almost no shade on the trail though, so the sun can be brutal

1 day ago

The hike is steep in certain parts, especially towards the top. It's pretty gravelly/rocky; wear hiking boots if you have them and it will help on the way down. The cave had an awesome view!

What a great way to spend my morning! The hike part was very nice. The last part before you make it to the cave is a little challenging but very do able. If ever need a morning to see this beautiful desert we live in ... the view from the cave was way worth the hike! Pack snacks and make sure to have water.

Great hike. The hieroglyphs were incredible

Absolutely beautiful hike. Definitely a good workout. I’d say it’s on the harder side of moderate because of all the rocks. Lots of people recommend looking back, definitely do so! Breathtaking views as you get higher and higher on the mountain.

Very nice trail. Good signposts. Lots of people. Safe area for lone hikers. Incredible views of the valley.

Great views from top. Challenging hike, but worth it.

Great hike and very interesting

5 days ago

Nice hike today with my husband! He rates it as Moderate. Busy today, beautiful as always! Spotted a Lizard :)

Nice easy trail on an early March hike. Many Petroglyphs to see at end of trail. Lots of hikers on weekends. Get to the small parking area early during high season (Jan-Mar).

Great hike!

As always I love this trail. Was trying to find the wave cave, but our map wouldn’t load to get it so we opted for this hike! My dog Clark did well, but I’d say make sure you pup is ready for a tough one before you go!

7 days ago

Fairly easy trail .... loose rocks made it interesting but not difficult. Nice amount of petroglyphs at the end

7 days ago

This is so far my favorite hike since I moved to AZ (granted I’ve only done a handful). I did it in the afternoon and it wasn’t as hot or as crowed as advertised, so overall a great experience. For the most part it was shaded.
The trail is very easy to follow and a smooth up to the saddle and smooth down again (the elevation “shape” that I like the most). The views are amazing almost all the way!

on Treasure Loop Trail

7 days ago

Moderate hike with nice views at the base of the Superstitions. Great to have this trail out of the Lost Dutchman SP campground.

I would call this difficult, not moderate. There are portions you are climbing over small boulders and the incline is INTENSE. Our large dog came with and did great but smaller dogs might need help. Had to stop and rest 5 or 6 times on the second half going up. Definitely a good challenge but I wouldn't attempt this if you are out of shape!

good trail, rigorous hike

Short, easy, fun hike that spills out into a cool rock formation with petroglyphs everywhere! We brought a lunch along and made a picnic of it. Perfect hike for those who don't hike often/small kids/pets. Would likely be a nice flat trail for trail runners, as well. Went during the week, and it wasn't too busy at all.

Definitely work but it was worth the effort. Some of the sections are rocky and strenuous but they are short. Fun trail.

10 days ago

Super crowded, but the hike is decent and the cave is cool... literally.

11 days ago

Fun hike, the final stretch is a little bit of a workout but fun. Great for pics. FYI you are supposed to by a state land trust permit for this area.

Fun hike with the kids. Cool cave with great views.

great hike. not hard at all

12 days ago

A great afternoon hike! This may be a little short, but it is a bit of a workout due to the steep and slippery route up to the cave! Beautiful views and a great cave await at the end, though. Sticks would be a plus, especially on the way down!

13 days ago

Challenging hike! Worth the effort. Views from the top are incredible!

The views are amazing. Wear shoes with good traction. There is a lot of loose gravel. That 866 ft of elevation is a booty blaster!

on Wave Cave Trail

13 days ago

Great hike with wife. Wear good gripping shoes. Loose gravel and slick rocks made it difficult coming down the trail. Lots of people. Great photo opp.

Great trail with magnificent views. The cave is truly awesome. Be careful on the way down however there is a loose gravel which caused me to slip several times and skinned my shin.

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