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Hike the Wind Cave Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

based on 11 reviews



2.9 miles

Elevation Gain

790 ft

Route Type



Added by Sarah Levant

This dog-friendly trail takes you up to the caves to explore and is relatively easy. If you want to climb higher for better views, the hike becomes more challenging.

This is a great trail for a run or for stretching your legs exploring the caves in Usery Mountain Regional Park. Keep in mind that the trail leads you up to the cave and is the end point. To get better views of the area, you'll have to climb up past the caves, where the trail is not marked.

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


Great place for a sunset hike (bring a headlamp!), it's short but get's decently challenging. Bring more water than you think you need!

I often hike the Wind Cave trail in the evening to watch the sunset and enjoy the views from the top. It's a short hike but the incline makes it good for a workout.

This app says beginners, but the map the Park Rangers gives you says difficult.

Great beginner/entry level hike, some technical spots. It gets busy around noon, and some spots are narrow for only one person, so start early. The Wind Cave is a great spot for a view, and the desert chipmunks are friendly enough to come up to your feet if there aren’t any dogs around.

This is one of my favorites hikes in the valley. Quick and amazing views of the desert. Go early enough and you can hear the coyotes in the area!

This trail, the entire surrounding area, additional & longer trails, amenities, plus scenery is hands down in the top 5 for the PHX Metro area. Check it out!

We stayed at Usery for a few nights and this was our favorite hike in the park. Go in the evening for a nice sunset over the east valley. Caves were nothing special but hike offered nice views and the trail was well maintained.

I took my 3 year old and dog, we had it all to ourselves and spent the morning exploring different paths.

Good hike just to get outdoors. Usery Park and the McDowell Mtns are a nicer part of the desert, so it's worth trying at least once. The wind caves are cool to see just to quell your curiosity. Watch out for snakes. Be very careful in the summer even though it's an easy hike.

It's just a good all around hike. Great for beginners

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