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hiking
14 hours ago

This trail was so amazing. I’m new to hiking and towards the top got pretty difficult but I pushed through and the view was just stunning!

Awesome hike! As a pretty experienced hiker, this trail was difficult because of the lack of markers. Easy to lose your way if you are not looking up to find blue and white dots throughout. Amazing views at the top! When in doubt, stay left on the way up. Gloves would be very helpful for the way down as you are rock climbing down for the first mile descend. Not for someone who is afraid of heights or is a nervous hiker. Definitely recommend this bad boy if you are in the Mesa/Phoenix area!

Great long hard hike. Best done in cool weather as it is hot and steep! There are sections of climbing and scrambling back down, not for the nervous hiker.

Really demanding hike. Come prepared with plenty of water and hiking boots. There are times where you will face 20ft rock climbing walls. This is not a breeze in the Park but easily doable with some common sense. Heavily traffic at times. The only downside is that a lot of the trail markers are not as legible anymore or non existent in places hence why I gave it 4 stars. Beautiful 360 views. This hike is definitely a worthy feeling of accomplishment when completed. Don't give up and just go slow. Cheers.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail a bit busy but no issues. Nice views and a nice varied terrain. Good gripping shoes a must saw a few people slip while decending. Trail is clearly cut and easy to follow. Will return soon. Travel safe.

Amazing view, totally worth the trip!

Very narrow trail the higher in elevation you climb, very popular trail. Do jot recommend bringing your dog due to the very close quarters on the trail, there are times were you have to step aside to let the hikers coming down by, very irritating when u have a pet especially when other dogs aren’t trained properly or are unfriendly, great view at top again crowded and have to wait to get a photo, recommend going during the week.

Beautiful

We did this hike January 11th and were astonished with how warm it was! We brought MANY layers ready for chilly weather but we ended up stripping down to a single layer of pants and t-shirt! If you start from 7-9AM you are going to be in direct sunlight for the entire trip up with little intervals of shade. With that said, we were so happy to feel the suns warmth (hot!!) because we were coming from freezing Boston weather. This hike had scenic views the entire way up and down which made it really special. The half dome is perfectly visible throughout the first 2 miles of the hike or so. Then the views switch to the falls! Gorgeous. Perfect introduction to Yosemite. Took us about 6 hours because we had breaks of taking off layers.

—WARNING—

The last 1.5 miles of the switchbacks are covered in snow and ice. We brought spikes for our shoes and we cruised along but we saw MANY fall hard. To enjoy the entirety of the hike, definitely buy shoe spikes!

Awesome hike! Definitely not for beginner hikers but not terribly difficult either. Trail isn’t marked too well — when in doubt go to the left. Took about 3 hrs to get up and back.

Awesome place to visit

Great trail! I’ve done it a few times. Gorgeous views. The trail isn’t super long and hard, but towards the end (about the last .25 mile) it gets really steep. I would recommend wearing shoes with good tread for going up and down the steep section.

Awesome hike with great views! I saw a few pets and I wouldn’t recommend them as it’s very steep at points.

Challenging to say the least. Views are spectacular all the way up. Caution on the way down. Recommend gloves for the last mile.

This was fabulous! I will say that the last bit of the hike was very hard. We found ourselves crawling/climbing over rocks to get to the cave. Once we were to the top though, it was breath taking!

Really enjoyed this hike! Did it back in May, started early and was able to avoid the harsh heat. Challenging parts, and the views were worth it.

This was my favorite hike of all time. The difficult hike up is totally worth it because of the amazing views. Did this hike in the middle of December, and there was only a little bit of ice towards the top.

hiking
7 days ago

We did this trail a few days ago with some friends who are fairly experienced hikers since we are relatively new to the sport. I had seen lots of photos online of the cave but I can definitely say that photos don’t do it justice. I would agree with the moderate rating of this trail; however there are sections which do require some agility and climbing / scrambling. It is definitely a good sustained cardio workout as your heart rate will definitely go up as you reach the more challenging sections and the incline increases.

I’m in reasonably good physical shape (but looking to improve) and was able to make it with no problem despite having limited experience in trail hiking. My wife is looking to achieve significant weight loss and so it was more difficult for her, but she had a good time although she did move at a slower pace than the rest of us. We have two sons under the age of 10 who are natural hikers and had absolutely no difficulty in navigating through even the rockiest sections.

Needless to say, knowing there is a payoff in terms of the amazing scenery on the way up, and the view from the cave, is a strong motivator. I would heartily recommend this trail to anyone looking to spend an afternoon of quality time and who wants to see an outstanding view of our beautiful state of Arizona.

Great hike about a hour up and around that down. Not too easy either. Good with a group or friends visiting

This was a great trail. Perfectly moderate and a breathtaking view.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail, beautiful views. As you start going up the mountain trail gets a little difficult as there’s some scrambling involved. We hiked in early on a Saturday morning and had the cave all to ourselves for about a half hr. Hiking out we passed tons of people hiking in. Sadly lots of trash on the trail and around the cave. We had some confusion at the start of the trail seeing as how the posted sign said it was State land and required a permit (no one mentions this on here) we got online really quick and purchased a permit - $20 so no big deal - only to find that about .3 miles in you go off state land, and don’t need a permit anymore once you get to the wave cave trailhead sign. Would’ve been nice to know but like I said no big deal paying the $20 - would rather be safe than sorry.

Amazing views! This is a fabulous hike with a destination reward! Gradual incline for the first part but second thrid of the trail has some scrambling and some loose rocky steep sections on the last stretch up to the cave. A little more tricky descending than when climbing. May present a challenge for new hikers but still doable with pacing yourself. For experienced hikers very doable but a fun hike with fabulous views and great photo spot from the cave and the whole way actually. If you have bad knees or banace stability issues, bring your hiking sticks! I'm an avid hiker with but because I hike with people that have a different stamina than me Ive learned to rate teaiks from a neutral more balanced perspective! The reward is worth the challenge of the hike! Enjoy!

If you’re a beginner like me, here are some things Ive learned:
One wrong move/footing and you can potentially have a serious injury.
Take caution and take your time.
Wear gloves because you will be grabbing rocks to climb. We went when it was cold and it had just rained, so my fingers where numb on top of getting scraped up.
When it’s wet, wear boots where water can’t get through because there’s some puddles. Unless you’re okay hiking with soggy shoes like me.
It’s the most rewarding feeling when you make it to the top. You’ll look back and feel accomplished that you hiked this beast.

Fantastic views from start to finish. A must-hike if you are in the Phoenix area.

It’s a fun hike! The dirt road is the worst part, wear good shoes it can be a little slippery but great views and the cave is worth the hike

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. High traffic trail.

Amazing views from the wave! Love this trail. Trail not well marked. A few slippery spots on the way down.

One of the best places in the US to visit

hiking
11 days ago

Easy trail and not long. Great views as well from the wave cave

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