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Wind Cave Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 767 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

No shade

Fee

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This is a very nice and scenic hike that is somewhat challenging. The beginning is relatively flat with some subtle switchbacks. From this point on the climb gets steeper with small sections of rocky, technical hiking. The vistas and view out west are outstanding. Once you reach the Windcave there are good photo ops and views out towards Phoenix, the East Valley and beyond. For hikers who wish to be challenged, the trail doesn't end at the Wind Cave. There is a loop left of the cave exit or continue past the cave at the main entrance. Scrambling is involved regardless of which route you take. $7.00 to enter park.

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Recordings (2165)
Completed (4324)
Shawn Nimmer
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Hiking

This is a great trail that is now open again! I do this hike once a week, and still love getting to the top of the mountain and seeing the view looking East. Great desert foliage.

Hiking I.
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

The cave was very tiny. Beware of the bees, we hiked passed the cave which is not an obvoius spot to hike, but it helped us get a better view.

Victoria Lawrence
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Thomas Ray
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HikingRockyScramble
kimotree User
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HikingBugsClosedFeeNo shade

Very nice trail. They closed it after I entered so I was the last one on it for probably a month. Nice path, easy to navigate. Not as much wildlife as I'd like but still a beautiful hike.

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Kevin Levine
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Running

Fast and quick trail. Great shade in the morning.

Lindsey Burwell
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Hiking

Great quick hike. Takes a little over an hour total. I’ve had issues with bugs in the past from this hike so be sure to spray if you don’t want to be stalked down by bugs. It’s the perfect hike for early morning as the mountain provides shade from the sun.

Keith Lambert
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

There was a 7 dollar charge for entry (no change). The trail begins pretty flat, and gets harder near the end. Occasionally you will see some wildlife; rodents, hummingbirds, and bees like to nest at the top. There is little shade until the end. The trail can be pretty crowded.

Cody Staup
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Hiking

Fun trail that doesn't take to much time. Also has a nice view at the summit.

Jesse P
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HikingBugsFee

Awesome trail when the bees aren’t there. Great work out and beautiful scenery.

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Jo Della Penna
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HikingBugsRocky

Absolutely loved this hike! Was a toughy going up and still so worth it. Wore bright colors which was not smart due to the bees, but it was not too bad. Be sure to bring bug spray for the other insects, as well. Not too bad, though. Still enjoyed the hike!

Teresa Olmedo
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HikingBugsFeeRocky

Costs $7 or $8 to get in to park. Beautiful scenery, mostly shady until 10am and a beautiful hike! Bring plain almonds for the friendly squirrel, he expects it lol. I LOVE this trail and know you would too. The gnats are towards the end so wear big spray. They are a bit bothersome

Laura Voss
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HikingFee

Beautiful, breezy, no bugs today

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Amy M.
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HikingBugsFee
Danielle Fairbanks
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Hiking

Great hike, done it many times! Lots of bugs out today. 7$ fee into the park. If you want to hike to the top you can past the “go at your own risk” sign. Blue arrows guide you to the top. Beautiful views!!

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Mike Mackey
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