Wave Cave Trail

MODERATE 237 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding 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

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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3 days ago

this was a hard hike whoever said it was for beginners was lying but it was so worth it I will be doing it again loved it and you do have to be careful because we did get lost and went on a trail around the base of the mountain before we realize we had to go hike back another mile and a half to go up the mountain it's really not marked very well but I would recommend this hike it's beautiful hard but beautiful

6 days ago

trail was a blast on the way up. I am setting in the wave cave now temp drops about 20° in the cave. lots of beautiful views.

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9 days ago

Was super cool, and worth the long hike. Make sure to go through the orange fence, can be confusing when there are two signs on either side that say "trail"! Stay to the left! Pretty skinny trail the whole way. I was wearing shorts and was fine but you may want pants because brush can rub up on you. Bring lots of water :) my dad and I went through a liter of water! You may want to pack a snack as well, like cliff bar or an apple for when you get to the cave, could be good fuel for the way down! Dogs are welcome, but I feel like it may be hard hike for them and the sharp rocks may hurts their paws! Careful of lose rocks and gravel coming down! If you get tired keep going, the view is beautiful and it's cool/shady in the cave! Good luck :)

11 days ago

Very impressive! Cave is large, and the "wave" is unusual. Trail is fairly easy at the bottom, becoming steep & rocky on the upper half. It's a little hard to find the correct path; there aren't any signs. Go thru the gate; then, when you get to what looks like a fork, look for an arrow made of rocks on the ground. Hopefully it stays intact! If not, head to your left. You can actually see the cave from the parking lot, so that will give you an idea of the direction.

awesome hike some steep terain towards the cave bring lots of water and the trail is not very well posted.

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This a quick out and back but the trail is not clearly marked at some points. Head up the wash until you reach the fence line. You'll see two trail signs on your right and left but you need to go straight ahead. There are three orange fence posts designating the zig-zag gate. From there you begin your climb that gets steeper as you get closer to your destination. You will reach a split in the steep section. My opinion is to stay right because there are more rocks, less loose dirt. This is the steepest section. It won't take long and there is plenty of shade in the cave. Once you get there remind your rascally kids not to throw the dirt because there are other people there that don't really want it on their sweaty body.

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