Wave Cave Trail

MODERATE 379 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

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

9 hours ago

Great hike & my dog loved the trail!

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Gave it a 5 but that depends what you’re looking for. It’s a bit over 3 miles but that’s misleading. The last 1/4 on the way up is very challenging. We loved that but between the challenge and the Arizona weather it’s quite an amazing workout. Put it this way we saw no “out of shape” people on that last stretch! Great view and worth the effort. Bring water for sure.

2 days ago

Awesome payoff at the end but really needs trail markers. Don't do this at night like I did.

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6 days ago

Beautiful views all the way up, and esp from the cave itself. Quite a unique feature- it’s huge! Hike up is split about 50/50 with a very slight grade from the parking lot to about the half way mark, then it becomes a steadier ascent. Not a “hard” hike by any stretch but it will give you a decent cardio workout on the climb. Take your time if you’re not in shape but most anyone can do this one if you take your time. Be careful with the footing in spots as there are loose rocks and small gravel on much of the trail. Enjoy! It’s a good one!

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6 days ago

Good hike but I’d say it more than moderate!

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7 days ago

Beautiful view at the top! The middle part of the trail is kind of tricky (I got lost and didn’t make it to the cave the first time I attempted it) remember this: follow the wash and go through the gate, left at the large pile of rocks, and left again at the log in the trail (both of those areas are where the trail forks...) The last leg of the hike gets pretty steep! Make sure you wear good shoes with tread.

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12 days ago

Great hike great views!

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12 days ago

I love this trail!!!!! It was an amazing workout with some of the best views ever!!

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12 days ago

There is about 2 miles or so of dirt road before you get to the trailhead but it is well maintained. There were 5 or 6 other groups on the trail, but we had the cave to ourselves when we go there. It was a good hike for the kids and the dog.

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18 days ago

Fantastic hike. Fairly steep rocky stretch near the end. Make sure to wear good shoes as the downhill can get a bit crazy.