Wind Cave Trail

MODERATE 636 reviews

Wind Cave Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mesa, Arizona that features a cave and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

rocky

For hikers who wish to be challenged, the trail doesn't end at the Wind Cave. There is a loop left exit of the cave, or by continuing past the cave at the main "entrance." There is scrambling involved regardless of which route you take.

5 days ago

Nice

10 days ago

It was a decent hike, good views, a good sunset hike, there is no true destination so enjoy the journey not the destination.

12 days ago

This hike fun because we went during the warmer months and it was not busy. Beware though, the altitude gain is all at the very end! It isn’t a cave at the top, more of an indent in the side. There was multiple bee hives at the top so be very careful.

hiking
21 days ago

If you still have the energy, it's worth it to proceed past the "end trail maintenance" barrier and take on of several well-worn trails to the top of the mountain. Be prepared for some light to moderate rock-climbing and some of the narrow trails dead-end. Look for rock markers left by previous hikers to find your way to the top. It's worth the extra hour round trip for a better view.

hiking
22 days ago

The trail is just meh. I'm not sure I'd recommend it and I definitely would not do it again. The trail is super duper steep and sssssooo busy. Since the trail is narrow there is only room for single file movement meaning that at times you'd have to wait, literally, for 15 people to pass so you can move on. It killed any momentum. Once at the "top" it's anticlimactic... Really just an indentation in the rock versus and actual cave.

hiking
23 days ago

The climb is consistent and mostly shaded if you go early. Properly named, bring a jacket

hiking
23 days ago

the hike was nothing to write home about. I found it out than moderate in difficulty due to steepness and terrain, and the view was no better at the top than at the first major lookout point, significantly below. anticlimactic finish as the "wind cave" was neither windy, nor a cave. we had great weather and started early enough to have shade on the way up which was great, but neither of those positives can be attributed to the trail itself. just okay.

hiking
23 days ago

I kept thinking this was Camelback with how many people there were (and people that stopped to catch their breath right in the middle of the trail without pulling off to the side). The trail itself is enjoyable and a good workout for a short hike, the views are mediocre. Ironically there was no wind. $6 per car entry fee unless you have the $85 annual pass.

25 days ago

I would put this trail under easy.. beautiful views though!

hiking
26 days ago

Stunning views. Easy to follow the trail. It gets a little tough towards the top. There is some narrow places and some stepping over boulders and some loose rocks.

hiking
29 days ago

Totally enjoyed this hike!

1 month ago

Great hike, but very busy!

1 month ago

Fun and beautiful hike! Easy for dogs too! Bees in the cave but no bats that I saw! Overall a fit hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and great views! A very busy trail but adds to the fun of it. A few bees at the top didn’t scare us. Kids loved the hike as well!

1 month ago

really good hike

1 month ago

Incredible view from the top!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Pretty with a nice view at the top. A little busy. Hiked with two dogs and they loved it as much as we did. Easy on the paws with lots of spots wide enough to stop and give them a drink along the way. There is a bees nest at the top so lots of bees.

1 month ago

Easy hike with beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy hike. View is pretty good. Saw a snake on the way up that freaked me out and made me super paranoid. Lots of bees and bats at the cave. Didn’t bother me though.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was my first hike here in AZ. it's a short trail but gives a great cardio workout. I will definitely be doing this trail more often.

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