Wave Cave Trail

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Wave Cave Trail is a 3 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
846 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

hiking
3 hours ago

Love this beautiful hike!

hiking
20 hours ago

Great hike! Challenging toward the end as most have said.
From the parking lot it was actually 1.5 miles out and back, not 3 as the app says. The trail is not marked so just keep walking straight and go past the barbwire fence. Also, the road to get to it is all dirt and rock, could be a challenge for smaller cars to navigate (wish we would have known). Bring lots of water! Enjoy

hiking
2 days ago

Nice inline, definalty have a lot of water if it's hot outside, since towards the end it gets fairly steep. Well worth it, beautiful view.

hiking
7 days ago

Such a fun beautiful hike. If you bring a dog please pack the poop out. So many people leave the poop bags at the entrance. Don’t be a Ricard. Leave the places you visit how you found them.

7 days ago

outstanding! think this trail should be listed as difficult. it's not far but. it is steep in spots. some people may have to use their hands. but we'll worth it.. enjoy!

15 days ago

fun hike, a little hard towards the end but very well worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

Great hike, easy except the last part up to the cave itself, but well worth it

23 days ago

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
26 days ago

Wonderful geographic feature! A must do when you are ready for climb!!! I would recommend gloves as occasionally you need the rocks to help provide balance. It is actually 3.0 miles from the gate, which is about 0.5 miles in to the walk/hike! Take a picnic and enjoy the view! Photos are so much fun to take on the wave!

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike with an amazing view.

29 days ago

Wonderful hike! It’s hard... don’t let anyone tell you differently

1 month ago

the cave is absolutely amazing! The trails were very confusing is the only reason I rated it a 4. We got lost along with other groups multiple times. You can see the cave from the road but getting there is a task if you don't know the right trail to take. Near the cave it get a bit harder and loose gravel. My 7 year old nephew did it with a few slips and falls. This is a great hike and I would defiantly go back

1 month ago

Great hike, great views. Will do again for sure!!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail starts out as Peralta Trail then breaks off about a mile in. Instead of following signs to the right or left for Peralta, continue straight through the gap in the fence. It’s difficult to see, but if you’re not going straight towards the butte, you’re going the wrong way. Please don’t underestimate the difficulty of the last .75 miles of this hike. It’s straight up (like camelback) with no shade. Bring plenty of water and take breaks as needed. The view at the top is beautiful, but it’s definitely not a beginners hike.

hiking
1 month ago

To get to the trailhead you have to drive about 7 miles on a dusty gravel road. There is a unorganized parking lot and another over flow one a little bit down the road. We parked in the second one and walked back on the road. There are no signs for the Wave Cave Trail. So we just asked someone before starting. The beginning of the trail is hard to see where the actual trail is. The end of the trail is defiantly the most difficult. You will need both hands and feet. There are some spots with loose gravel on top or rock. I would consider taking traction covers for my shoes next time. Once we got to the top there were like 10 kids running around creating tons of dust! We did not even want to pull the camera out because of the dust. Eventually they left and we were able to get some good pictures. On the way down nearly all the kids were crying or complaining. Not a hike for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! Well worth the effort to get up to the Wave!

1 month ago

Great day hike!
Go on a week day to avoid the masses

1 month ago

great trail. a little hard for 1st timers to find the "right" trail but once there it's a fun and exhausting climb. well worth the effort up.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike is steep in certain parts, especially towards the top. It's pretty gravelly/rocky; wear hiking boots if you have them and it will help on the way down. The cave had an awesome view!

1 month ago

What a great way to spend my morning! The hike part was very nice. The last part before you make it to the cave is a little challenging but very do able. If ever need a morning to see this beautiful desert we live in ... the view from the cave was way worth the hike! Pack snacks and make sure to have water.

hiking
1 month ago

The Wave Cave itself is actually much larger in person than it looks in photos. So worth the hike! One note, the parking lot was full when we got there so we went a bit further to the overflow parking. The main lot said you couldn’t park on the street. However, there were MANY cars parked in the street and it didn’t seem to be an issue. The overflow lot was far and added about a mile to our hike.

1 month ago

Great views from top. Challenging hike, but worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

I would call this difficult, not moderate. There are portions you are climbing over small boulders and the incline is INTENSE. Our large dog came with and did great but smaller dogs might need help. Had to stop and rest 5 or 6 times on the second half going up. Definitely a good challenge but I wouldn't attempt this if you are out of shape!

1 month ago

good trail, rigorous hike

hiking
1 month ago

Super crowded, but the hike is decent and the cave is cool... literally.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike, the final stretch is a little bit of a workout but fun. Great for pics. FYI you are supposed to by a state land trust permit for this area.

1 month ago

Fun hike with the kids. Cool cave with great views.

1 month ago

great hike. not hard at all

hiking
1 month ago

A great afternoon hike! This may be a little short, but it is a bit of a workout due to the steep and slippery route up to the cave! Beautiful views and a great cave await at the end, though. Sticks would be a plus, especially on the way down!

1 month ago

The views are amazing. Wear shoes with good traction. There is a lot of loose gravel. That 866 ft of elevation is a booty blaster!

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