The Wave Cave - Superstition Mountains

  • January 19, 2013 · 10:00 AM

By request, we are offering the Wave Cave hiking adventure once again!

In 2011, when we took the photo you see here, there had been no descriptions of this area available online, or in any guidebook we had found. In March of 2012, we finally opted to share the route here (http://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=548), and we are excited to post it again for you to experience.

Since originally posting this hiking route, it has become an increasingly popular destination for Superstition Mountain adventurers.  Having said that, there is still some bushwhacking, boulder-hopping, confusing cairns going the wrong way (if you are ahead of us during the hike you have a good chance of getting lost), NO signage, steep, slippery inclines/descents, loose dirt/gravel, a great cave, and some of the best scenery the Superstition Mountains have to offer. Wonderful solitude. Relaxing day. This is also a great route up to the Ridgeline, but we'll save that for another trip. Still interested?  Read on.

This is a shorter hike out near Peralta. 4 miles, at best, but it is a tough little route. Don't be fooled...extra water is a good idea. This was a very faint, overgrown trail (likely dating to the 50's-60's when there was a campground in the area) that we rediscovered, and quietly resurrected a couple years ago now. We do recommend long sleeves/pants (and perhaps gloves) due to some catclaw, and the generally overgrown nature of the "trail" in spots. As such, snakes (and other critters), although mostly still hibernating, may be present, and can be hard to spot due to the vegetation.  In addition, a constant presence of bees has been noted at the cave (similar to those found at Wind Cave). Stay away from them, and you should be fine, but if they are a concern for you, this may not be your hike.  Many might find walking sticks/poles helpful on this hike, though they are not required.


So, if you want a real Superstition Mountain Wilderness experience, this may be your hike, but, PLEASE, you must understand this is a difficult hike that doesn't follow the usual dusty trail.  We want you to enjoy your experience, but if you haven't done any off trail/scrambling type hikes, or have trepidations about such adventures, this may not be your hike.  

 

Group size is restricted to 15 by Wilderness rules.

Distance:  Approximately 4 miles
Accumulated Elevation Gain:  About 1000 feet

Hike Time: Expect to spend 2 1/2 to 3 hours on this trek depending on the group's speed.
Difficulty: This hike, although relatively short, is steep, and should be considered moderately difficult depending on your abilities.
What To Bring: Water, sunscreen, hat, camera, snacks/lunch, sturdy footwear, and your sense of adventure.
Note: There is no water at the trailhead.

PLEASE:  This is not a dog friendly hike.


SUGGESTED CARPOOLING: 9:15 am at the Home Depot at Power and US 60 to complete our trek to the trailhead. Go east on the Superstition Freeway (US 60) to Superstition Springs Blvd. exit 187. Take that exit, turn right and go 1/2 mile east, across Power Road. Then turn left, toward Home Depot, at the second driveway. Park in the southwest corner of the lot, behind Burger King. The Home Depot address is 6838 E Superstition Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85208.

 

LOST GOLD MINE TRAILHEAD LOCATION: From Phoenix, travel east on US 60 to Peralta Road which is just east of mile post 204, and turn north on Peralta Road (a well marked, stop-lighted intersection). The road is paved, but becomes gravel after about one mile. It is well graded and traveled by many cars, but SUV are preferable. At 5.5 miles from the US 60, follow the sign and take the left fork up the hill to the well marked Lost Gold Mine Trailhead sign where you turn left into the large parking lot.


VERY IMPORTANT: (we don't want to leave anyone behind): Please state whether you will meet at the carpool spot or, in the alternative, whether you will meet at the trailhead. As always, if no one has indicated they will be meeting at the carpool location, please consider proceeding directly to the trailhead.

 

Due to the nature of this hike, involving some off trailing and no signed junctions, it is recommended that we keep within close proximity of each other. We will stop at each junction to assure we have everybody, but if you are ahead of the hike leaders, you are on your own.

As with all Saturday hikes, there will be a voluntary $1 donation to the club collected at the start of the hike.

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  • David & L.

    They are much more active (and prevalent) in the hotter weather. But, yes, they were there pre-frost, and they are there post-frost. We know many have issue with them, so we mention it.

    February 2, 2013

  • Del & Laura H.

    Patrick, there were a few but nothing bad. They just like the dampness on the side of the cave. We were there today and I only saw a couple.

    February 2, 2013

  • Patrick "Rogue L.

    David & Letlet...were the bees present at the cave on this day? Thanks.

    February 2, 2013

  • Eric

    AWESOME. Thank you SO much David and Letlet. You were great leaders. Looking forward to future hikes with you.

    January 19, 2013

  • luke e.

    Excellent fun hike- thanks David and Letlet!

    January 19, 2013

  • Kurt

    It was everything it was advertised to be, and more!!! Great views and great company :) Thanks Dave and Letlet for posting this! So glad I finally got there!!

    1 · January 19, 2013

    • David & L.

      Thanks, Kurt! Good to see you, my friend.

      January 19, 2013

  • Erica

    Thank you so much for sharing this hike with us! We LOVED it! The views were spectacular, as was the company!

    2 · January 19, 2013

    • David & L.

      Always a pleasure seeing you two! Thanks for making the day more special.

      January 19, 2013

  • Jerry G

    My Wife Katie arrived at Home Depot and could not find anyone. Luke and Kurt indicated they would be there?

    January 19, 2013

    • David & L.

      Yeah, we understand from Katie she was in front of the Burger King, in their lot, and not behind it, as noted in the description above, in Home Depot's lot. Regardless, she made it out, and we enjoyed hiking with her! Hope she had fun!!

      January 19, 2013

  • Paila

    I just reread the description and read about the bees..highly allergic. I do have an epi pen but I don't want to take the risk. Looking forward to seeing some great photos!

    January 18, 2013

  • Henry

    Will meet at trailhead. Superceeds all my posts.

    January 18, 2013

  • Aruba 1.

    Thanks to the person who can't make it for letting us know so another can take their place.
    I'll be helping the Peralta Area Clean Up with "Footprints.org" tomorrow - 08:00, Peralta Elementary, Gold Canyon.
    Looking forward to the next "Wave Cave" hike !

    January 18, 2013

  • Henry

    Will meet at Home Depot.

    January 18, 2013

  • luke e.

    Carpool location

    January 18, 2013

  • luke e.

    Figured it out ;)

    January 18, 2013

  • luke e.

    Can I add on ... I see an opening

    January 18, 2013

  • Aruba 1.

    Phooey.
    Didn't see this until just now.
    I call this cave the "Wide" wind cave.
    Guess number 16 on the Waiting List means I can get there with
    HHH in March or April.
    8^(

    January 12, 2013

    • Aruba 1.

      "Wide" to differentiate it from the "Chamber" wind cave close by straight east of Carney Spring.

      January 12, 2013

    • Aruba 1.

      OOPs. Straight NORTH of Carney Spring.

      January 17, 2013

  • Reed L.

    It is rather apparent that I would not get in so I signed up for the Black Mesa hike. Gotta hike, gotta hike:)

    January 16, 2013

  • Jodie M.

    Very weird, I clicked RSVP this am and got email back saying all good, now I got this one saying I am on wait list?

    January 12, 2013

    • David & L.

      Hey, Jodie. You signed up for both our hikes this morning. You are confirmed for Turks Head on Thursday. You landed on the wait list for Wave Cave on Saturday, as that one filled up before 10 am. You joined the wait list at 10:56 AM according to the site records. Hope this explains it. Can you still make Turks Head?

      January 12, 2013

    • Jodie M.

      Oops, I am from Canada you know...lol Yes I would live to car pool on Thursday. Thank you for the explanation EH!

      1 · January 12, 2013

  • Aruba 1.

    " Don't be fooled...extra water is a good idea. "
    . GREAT IDEA - especially in summer.
    Boys were in 5th & 6th grades when I took 'em - June. We left the Carney Spring/Rimline TH at ~ 11:00. We each had two full USArmy quart canteens.
    BEFORE we got up to the cave - the boys were OUT of water and I had little more than a quart. They drank that during the return.
    . Starting the hike from Lost Gold Mine TH at 10:00 a.m in the winter will help reduce water needs. Still, I suggest bringing at least 70 oz each.

    January 12, 2013

  • george

    sorry guys pressed wrong button NOT on waiting list ! have fun wish i could go !

    January 12, 2013

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