Wave Cave Trail [CLOSED]

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Superstition Wilderness

Wave Cave Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from September until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.1 km Elevation Gain: 266 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

no shade

historic site

Please note that partial trail closures have been reported for this trail as of 06/01/2020 due to fire. The spectacular views at the top and the shaded cave make this a great hike. The trail has a steep climb at the end and a rocky descent.

hiking
4 days ago

6/1 - access to trail on dirt road closed due to fire

5 days ago

5/31/20 all points to trails are closed due to fire... FYI

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bugs
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rocky
5 days ago

View from the cave is great. Last incline is a harder than expected but worth it! Lots of bugs, not much shade. Wouldn’t recommend starting later than 6 due to heat. After completing the trail sheriff greeted us and evacuated us from trail due to fire. Trail will possibly be closed for some time, check to see updated on fire before heading out.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful morning no bugs, beautiful cave at the top. Recommend starting no later than 6 to avoid the heat and parking at the Trailhead.

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rocky
8 days ago

Overall, fun hike. Go early because there's not much shade. The end was quite difficult for my novice level but I just took lots of breaks and took in the beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife like jackrabbit, birds, lizards and bugs. I'm super thankful for the white arrows along the path after I crossed through the narrow wire gate.

Great steady uphill/elevation. not a lot of shade, so bring lots of water. the cave view is amazing!

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bugs
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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Start early, it gets very hot and there is no shade until you get to the cave. Very steep and rocky at the last incline up. I would almost rate the last half mile of the trail hard! Some parts of the trail are hard to follow so the app map really comes in handy. Views were amazing and the wave was so fun!

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 days ago

Definitely a great trail! I’m not an expert hiker at all and this is moderate but doable. Using the AllTrails app was helpful because we had to park on the Lost Goldmine lot and had to cross onto the Wave Path but the app was so helpful! Go through the orange wire part of the fence to get on the actual Wave Cave path. The actual cave was super cool and a bit of fun with a beautiful view. I’d just advise being very careful on the way down because of the loose rock. I slid a few times but no tumble thank goodness! Worth it for sure!

hiking
10 days ago

Gets steeper at the end. Please remember to bring water. The scramble and cave were worth the hike. About a third of the way through the hike, the trail crosses with another and we lost a mile taking the wrong trail before we realized our mistake. The signpost indicating the trail is worn and simply painted on wood, so be careful. AllTrails is accurate if you’re checking. Fun hike with a great ending

11 days ago

Totally awesome trail! It gets steep toward the end of the cave so bring lots of water. I will say about 3/4 of the way up there is two paths take the path on the right which is easier if you take the left path it goes near vertical at times. So left if you want a challenge or right if you want to not die. We went in summer and the cave must have been 15 degrees cooler which was a wonderful rest area.

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rocky
12 days ago

This was a fun hike. It’s doable! The hardest part is the very last incline other than that easy!! I actually went around 2pm while it was hot but once we got closer to the cave, it was nice and shady!

hiking
no shade
13 days ago

Awesome hike, gets pretty steep near the top but worth the view and cave.

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bugs
rocky
15 days ago

Amazing so much!

hiking
bugs
16 days ago

It’s a solid hike. The passage from state trust land to Tonto National Forrest was a bit difficult to see, but beyond that it ramps up in difficulty late as everyone mentions. Bring a snack for the cave! The wave cave is cool. A little overrated in my opinion from the public perspective, but still geologically fascinating.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

Follow the path until you come to a block-aid, go through and follow the white arrows all the way up. The hike was moderate to hard on the last leg incline up to the cave. But the hike was great and offered incredible views. The bugs are a problem though!

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail, get out early, no people, no bugs! Easy for 2/3 of the hike, last part is a little more strenuous.

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bugs
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Started early (7am) when it was still below 80. Lots of other hikers. I had 4 kids with me (ages 9-14) and they did well. The bugs were relentless but with bug spray it was manageable. The last 1/2 mile was tough, all rocky climbing up and we needed two hands in several places. Cave was shady and mostly bug free. Take water! It was 2 hours round trip with a 20 min pause in the cave. Beautiful views and fun pictures.

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