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Wind Cave Trail

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 4.1 (18)

The most popular trail in the park provides beautiful views and a good climbing workout.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

2,772' 845 m

High

2,032' 619 m

Low

740' 226 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (5°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Views

As with the other trails in this park, this one is closed after dark. It can be treacherous, so obey the rule.

Description

In my experience, this is the most popular trail in the park. The upper half of the trail is steeper and a bit more difficult than the lower half: you switch pretty quickly from gradual climbing to what feels a lot like many flights of stairs before cutting across the face of the mountain and then climbing more "stairs" up to the cave.

The "cave" at the end of this trail is not so much a dark, cavernous hole full of bats or anything that dramatic. This cave is about 10 to 12 feet high and is more like a gash carved out of the side of the mountain. It provides welcome shade in the summer, and a place to catch your breath before beginning the descent. The scenery is excellent on clear days, and you can even see the Fountain Hills fountain shooting water into the sky if you're up there at the right time.

Take a minute to get a drink and snack, enjoy the view, then make sure your shoes are laced tight before starting back down. Remember the uphill hiker has the right of way.

Flora & Fauna

Typical Sonoran desert cacti, lizards, the occasional snake, horned toad or desert tortoise. In early mornings, look for deer and listen for coyote in the evening. Ocotillo, saguaro, prickly pear, and a few trees.

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Shared By:

Doug Baer

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  4.1 from 18 votes

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#131

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Enjoy this view from the cave at the trail's end. The Fountain Hills are located in the distance to the right.
Mar 7, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Wind Cave Trail, Usery Mountain Regional Park, Phoenix.
Jun 8, 2018 near Apache…, AZ

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