The Wave Cave: Surfing AZ style! It’s the closest thing you’re going to find to “catching a wave” in the desert.
My sister had hiked the Wave Cave months earlier. The moment she showed me pictures, I had been dying to check it out myself! It is a 3 mile hike; 1.5 miles each way. You can see the cave the entire hike, which keeps the excitement level pretty high. It starts off easy, as the terrain is flat. Once you get closer to the cave, the level of difficulty increases. The trail becomes a little steeper and the rocks on the path become looser; which makes coming down more difficult than going up. It’s nothing to worry about though. We saw a group of young boy scouts reach the top, so you can do it too haha.
This was one of my favorite hikes of all time. It wasn’t too easy, to where you feel bored half way through. And it wasn’t too difficult to where you feel like you can’t do anything else for the rest of the day because your too sore. It was perfect! There were also plenty of spots off to the side of the trail with big rocks, which made it nice for taking breaks.
The only down side to the hike is that often people take the wrong path and end up getting lost. Despite all of the reviews online about people taking a wrong turn, we made it to the top without detouring! We felt pretty accomplished. I think it helped going on a Saturday morning. There were quite few other people hiking at the same time as us, which definitely made it easier to stay on the right path.
The destination was BEAUTIFUL. The cave was bigger than I had imagined it. There was plenty of room for everyone to have their own space, even on a Saturday. It had a gorgeous view of the desert. It’s also a fun place to take pictures… and watch other people take pictures. Some people had some pretty creative poses, like Zachary! He jumped with his hands in the air and in the picture it looks like he is hanging onto the cave. OR the kid that was dabbing underneath the wave haha.
We all know that snacks are essential when hiking. Sure you’ve got your typical trail mix, and granola bars, BUT have you tried Energy Bites? Delicious, full of energy and some chocolate; literally all you need. Parker and I make them often, but they are especially great for hiking snacks.
I hope you all get the chance to hike to the Wave Cave! It’s hands down one of the coolest hikes in AZ. Who knew surfing in the desert could be so much fun?