Wind Cave Hiking Trail – Usery Mountain
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Length: 3 Miles (roundtrip)
- Location: Usery Mountain Park
- Entry fee required ($7, as of 2019)
The Wind Cave hiking trail, (not to be confused with Phoenix’s Wave Cave) in Usery Mountain Park is an area where over thousands of years, the wind has been patiently carving out a portion of the mountain.
While technically not a cave, this tube like formation is a unique place to visit and is accompanied by a moderately challenging fun 1.5 mile hike up (3 mile round trip).
Also, there’s also a good chance you’ll see some very photogenic chipmunks as well!
Wave Cave Trail Summary
This trail begins simply enough. As you start from the trailhead at the base of the mountain you will begin walking towards the mountain. As you glance up you’ll see upon the porous mountain that there are numerous openings and caves up along the side wall.
The incline in the beginning portion is very gradual and before you know it, you’ll be looking down at those beaming saguaro cactuses you were just walking next too. But…this gradual unnoticeable incline up is about to change.
As you continue along, you’ll start coming across big boulders laying along the path. The trail swerves and goes around these and soon enough you’ll come to a set of stone stairs.
This is when the trail gets a little more advanced.
Once up these stairs the steepness level increases.
The trail begins a more direct route of a series of inclines taking you further and further up. Trust me, your heart will be pumping as you are hiking up! But…don’t fret. It’s not too bad and it’s actually a pretty short hike.
If you need to pull over to catch your breath, this is the place to do it…the view is gorgeous!!!
You’ll know you’re at the top when you see the sign welcoming you to the Wind Cave.
As you step into this small and comfy area, you can’t help but wonder who else has stood in this spot.
Similar to seeing the Grand Canyon standing here puts a lot into perspective. I mean, for over thousands of years this area has been created, just by the wind blowing.
It’s remarkable and makes you appreciate being able to visit this spot. Oh! And did I mention that the view is… gorgeous!
Important Notes to Know Before You Go
This is a popular….and I mean popular hiking trail!
So, if you don’t mind the crowds, this won’t be a problem. But, if you’re wanting to avoid the crowds, then it’s best to schedule this hike during a non-busy time.
This trailhead is located inside Usery Mountain Regional Park, which has a $7 daily fee for vehicles to enter (as of 2019).
The Wind Cave hiking trail is good for younger hikers. While hiking this trail, I saw multiple kids kids probably from age 8-12 hiking this trail with their parents.
Phoenix Hiking Trail Essentials:
Over 200 hikers a year have accidents along the Phoenix hiking trails. The desert is a beautiful wide open space but with that also comes a bit of danger that all hikers need to be aware of and be prepared for.
To give you the best hiking experience be sure to bring these following essentials with you on your Phoenix hike
- Sunscreen/Sun Protected Clothing
- Salty Snacks (electrolytes)
- Durable shoes