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Monument Canyon and Broadway Cave via Jacob's Trail [CLOSED]

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Superstition Wilderness

Monument Canyon and Broadway Cave via Jacob's Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 977 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Closed

No shade

Description
Waypoints (5)

Closed as of July 2. Wildfires have burned more than 224,500 acres and there is ongoing, extreme fire danger due to dry conditions and hot temperatures. No parking fee or pass required, but spaces are limited. The trail climbs moderately for most of the trail, but picks up towards the end gaining ~500ft in 1/4 mile. Loose rocks add a bit of difficulty, and trail can be hard to follow at times. Keep an eye out for cairns to help mark the way. A cave at the end of the trail offers relief from the heat and sun.

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Reviews (562)
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Recordings (526)
Completed (698)
marcy Davenport
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Hiked this at sunrise. Gorgeous view on the way up. After taking a right at the cairn, off JCCT, the trail gets pretty steep all the way to the cave and is narrow. If you take a left at the cairn, you'll see the Fire Place Chimney up the trail a bit. The trail is very rocky in places so I would recommend walking sticks for anyone with balance issues. Hiking boots will help also. This hike is worth every step!

Kyle Cecil
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You have to have some serious stones to try this in the middle of summer, I recommend rattlesnake season, that's when I went, last October. Make sure you wear boots that come over your ankle so 6" or 8". Also, bring hiking poles, they work wonders climbing up the side of the mountain off trail (I honestly couldn't find the trail leading up to the cave since I wasn't using this app) and also I'm sure you'd rather a rattlesnake strike at the poles rather than your ankles. They also help to create more vibrations that the snakes can sense therefore they're more likely to slither out of your way before you come close. Also, you can use the poles to strike at the brush to either side of you before walking past. On the way up I'd probably avoid walking past rocks, and try instead to climb on top of them, so you don't have to worry about ankle biters. Would be nice to have some help cleaning the site up since most people have a lack of respect it seems.

Cass Romeo
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HikingRockyScramble

Big disappointment. the comments were right about it being mostly loose rock so definitely bring your good hiking shoes but unfortunately there must of been a 4th or July celebration there trash, sheets, beer cans all along the trail and at the top there is graffiti everywhere in the cave. But the worst part....was the overbearing smell of urine everywhere in the cave. Spent 5 minutes at the top and turned back. Be careful with the loose rocks on the way down, one of our party twinged her ankle on the way out.

Jenny Crump
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HikingRocky
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Janeth Jc
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HikingNo shadeRocky

if u have bad knees DONT go I have a soar knee but figured I have the knee brace I should be okkkkk...I didn't know it was soooo rocky!!! about 80% of the trail is loose rock by the end of the trail my "good knee " was hurting and my soar knee was worse ! it might be a long while before I come back to this one

Landon Newingham
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HikingRocky

Great view of Phoenix and would definitely recommend. Words of advice.....Don't wear regular tennis shoes. The trail heavy with fist sized rocks and above that are stuck in the ground. Mix that with the loose gravel and all Trails around Phoenix and you've got some slips and ankle rolls especially coming down hill. I hiked this trail starting a little after 5am which ended up putting us at the cave just as the sun was breaking over the mountain. Starting the hike after 7 will guarantee you sun in your face the entire way to the cave with no shade. Also we saw at least 15 to 20 rabbits on our hike if you dig that kind of thing...

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Brian Hadley
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Rachel Jaroszewski
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Great morning hike! Gradual incline. Steep towards the cave. I highly recommend this hike.

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Kathy Alegría
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Gwen Jones
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This is a beautiful hike but it is very rocky! Also, the last third (once it branches off of Jacob’s Crosscut) is very narrow and the last 0.3 miles are pretty steep. Would not be great for young kids. It is easy to lose the trail so definitely use your All Trails map. Giving 4 stars mostly because of the rockiness of the trail. Also important to know there are no facilities at this trailhead.

John Love II
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No shadeRocky

Great Trail very steep towards the end, with a lot of loose rocks so be careful. Also 105F degrees no shade until you get to the cave.

Hiking I.
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Try to start early, no shade at all until you get to the cave. The cave provides a great view, cool shade and a place to rest. Warning there are bugs. It gets very rocky going up hill to the cave and you can easily get lost going down, this app helped a lot. Overall, nice feeling and accomplishment getting up to the cave.

Dharmesh Patel
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Hiking

Great trail. Try to start by sunrise. No tree shade in this trail. Mountain shadow is comfortable in the morning time.

Hemingway The German Shepherd
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HikingRockyScramble

little to no shade until you reach the end

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Brittany Johnson
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Chandra Kelly
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