Wave Cave Trail

MODERATE 290 reviews
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Wave Cave Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
958 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

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6 days ago

Loved it. Very easy to find.

7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike. Go in the morning or early evening. Not a lot of shade. We did run into a Mojave Rattler about 100 yards from the cave on a rocky out cropping about shoulder high. Great story, but I'll spare you the details. We did this hike about 8 am in April; by the time we got in and back, it was about 12. That was with 7 people ranging from 10 to 40.

18 days ago

21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

To start, the trip to the trail includes a dirt road and a permit is required.

My friend and I started the hike at 5am, which we are incredibly thankful for since the entire hike is in the sun. When we started the hike we were aware of previous reviews stating that it is easy to get off track. In the beginning it was easy to follow but then you come across a barbed-wire fence that can be misleading. The opening isn't very visible, but walk straight up to the fence and you will see where you can pass through. Do not turn left or right. From there, the trail is simple to follow and an easy hike. The last little bit of the hike it changes to quite an incline and can be slippery at times. You'll completely forget about the struggle once you reach the end. Great view!

hiking
22 days ago

Great little trail. The views and photo opps from the top are amazing! The trail is a bit tricky to find, so read the descriptions below before you go. If you're an experienced hiker, this is an easy to moderate trail. If you're new to hiking, or have any physical limitations, the trail may be difficult.

hiking
27 days ago

29 days ago

The view is so worth it at the end! It definitely was a challenge & I would try to leave as early as possible for it since a lot of it is in the sun. The cave is so awesome at the top & made it all worth it. I wouldn't recommend bringing small kids though, it's hard enough trying to get yourself up it.

hiking
29 days ago

I LOVED this! Not so much the hike but the Cave was so cool. Went on a Thursday around noon and we had the entire place to ourselves. We could have stayed up there all day. Very steep at the top, I am 25 and have bad knees which don't like to bend so I found myself using my hands in some places to get down.

29 days ago

Found it challenging and the views were incredible. We did this on Memorial Day and I would suggest bringing plenty of water. My group was made of young and older peeps. The young and in shape will find this moderate with a few spots of climbing. The inexperienced and out of shape will find this challenging. Enjoy :-)

29 days ago

The trail was a little hard to follow at tins, but it was thoroughly worth it! The view was amazing!

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

The view from the top is amazing!! The trail is narrow and pretty steep near the top. Be prepared to scramble a little bit. The climb is worth the view!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, hard to find the trail at times. Beautiful scenery. Itis difficult in areas, especially with the grade and loose rock. Challenging both ways. Bring water, and there's not much shade on the hike. The cave is amazing.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I would consider this hike difficult and if you are inexperienced I would not recommend.

There's little to no shade so it can be hot even if you go early. Would recommend sticking to the suggested months in the trail description.

There is some scrambling towards the cave so gloves might be helpful (a hiking pole is useless at that that point). Coming down is rough too so be prepared to use your whole body for this hike.

The cave is cool and a fun photo op, but I wouldn't do this one again until it was much cooler out.

hiking
1 month ago