Wind Cave Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona 85220

Wind Cave Trail

Wind Cave Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Wind Cave Trail is the most popular attraction in Usery Mountain Regional Park. This moderate hike takes visitors across the desert valley floor, through a dry wash, up the slopes of Pass Mountain, and across a strip of volcanic tuff, and ends at a wind-eroded overhang called Wind Cave.

Wind Cave Trail offers a desert experience the entire family can enjoy. My 5-year-old nephew relished the opportunity to learn about various kinds of cacti and to climb over the rocks. He even spotted a tarantula next to the trail!"

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Renee Guillory
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"Wind Cave Trail starts out as a level, manicured desert path that wanders through a green harmony of bursage, creosote, and cacti. Heed the leash requirement in Usery Park; while Wind Cave Trail is a hiking-only trail, it can be busy on weekends, and you are likely to encounter other trekkers (and dogs). Using a leash is a safety issue for your four-legged companion as well. Remember, even a maintained trail such as this one is not entirely tame—avoid a confrontation with desert plants to keep Fido’s paws and nose spine-free." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"Great hike up the west side of a mountain to a shelter cave with great views." Read more

Wind Cave Trail Reviews

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I went with my husband and 13 yr old son on this hike. We are beginners. Views were beautiful! We did not make it to the top and found the elevation challenging! We made it about 3/4 of the way up and that took us about 50 mins. Well worth the effort and will try it again as we gain experience
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My biggest complaint about this hike is that it is too popular! I guess another would be that it costs 7 bucks to enter. I love coming here for my ritual workout while visiting family in Mesa. If you want an even better workout, fun rock scrambling and awesome views, hike past the interesting wind cave and up to the summit. It's hot (obviously) so go late or early in the day and bring lots of water.
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For anyone who is looking for a place to hike here in Mesa that isn’t too hard for your entire family, I recommend going to the Wind Cave Trail. Located at the Usery Mountain Regional Park, you need to pay $6 per car to get inside the park. It’s about a 3.2 mile round hike and it takes the average person about 1 ½ - 2 hours to complete. The best time to hike this trail is either a week after the first rain storm of the year or between February and March. The weather would be warm enough to hike, yet cool enough to enjoy the hike with many wild flowers blooming. I’ve been hiking this trail for many years since I was a kid, but now I hike it my mother in the coolness of spring. I hiked the trail recently with my mother. It was a relatively cool Saturday morning at 10:00am and the park was already bustling with people coming and going from the trail. The trail isn’t difficult near the beginning, but it became moderately difficult towards the cave. There was some cacti flowers blooming along the trail with some lizards and birds. At some parts of the trail, there are some rocky paths that requires to climb about two feet. Once we reached the top, the view of the valley was beautiful. There was plenty of little critters running about along with the bees that lived in the rocks of the Wind Cave for as long as I can remember. They won’t bug you if you don’t bug them. Overall, we had a great time. I recommend hiking the Wind Cave Trail, but if you don’t like crowds, try the weekdays instead of the weekend.
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A little bit of a strenuous hike up. The views are amazing. Wind cave was neat but there were about a thousand bees so I couldn't explore. You can continue hiking past the cave at your own isk if you want to get to the top of the mountain
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Beautiful desert scenery, stunning views. Fairly short and manageable for the casual hiker, a challenge for the couch potato - but totally doable! Brought my dad's dog along and she huffed and puffed more than I did. Make sure you bring plenty of water for your doggie if you bring her along.

Watch out for wasps in the cave... but Seriously, the view is A-MAH-ZING!!
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Great views of the valley and Phoenix as you climb the moderate backand fourth desert trail. It was a perfect morning hike. Once you reach the Wind cave you can hike another 10 minutes or so through some more difficult terrain to the peak of Pass Mountain. There are signs warning of dangerous hiking conditions but the view improved to include Appache Junction and the Superstition Mountains.

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Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
825 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Park open 6 a.m.–8 p.m. (till 10 p.m. Friday–Saturday); trail closes at sunset
2,015 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,840 feet
Top Elevation
Camping, Archery
Additional Use
USGS Apache Junction; maps available at park entrance and
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018