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Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2012
tibber
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,054 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.89 mph
1,054 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I saw the pic of The Wave Cave on the Superstitions Mountains Facebook page. I can't remember how it came up but Randy mentioned it and then PMed me that he thot he knew where it was at. All of this is pre the posting of the hike desc. I mentioned to Jack that Randy was thinking of doing the hike this weekend but Randy ended up doing something else. Meanwhile I had sent the meetup.com link to Jack with the slide show of pics. So Jack attempted it but just missed.

Now it was our turn and even though it was going to be a little warm, we figured we could be done by noon. We met at the TH a little before 8AM, geared up and headed out. It was nice to see the Carney TH in the daylight ;) (Actually I'd seen it last year in the daylight). Soon we had passed thru the Carney gate where less than 1/4 mile later we were at the cross roads with the spur trail to the WAVE CAVE. After getting on this initial trail for a bit it quickly becomes hard to find in places so it's important to follow the cairns. The trail hardly stays in much of a straight line in this area before you start heading up the side of the hill.
Another problem is sometimes there is another set of cairns :? so keep in mind that the trail is always moving in a west-northwest direction and this should help you stay on track. Even if you follow the other set of cairns like Jack did, you eventually end up in the same place but it's a bit more difficult (see Jack's triplog for this date).

Eventually you start heading up and up the side of a hill. I got worried that maybe I was going too high and would end up God knows where :scared: ? I continued up and in a northwesternly direction per the hike description. I finally made it to the wash but I was pretty high above it. The cairned trail continues altho there appear to be some options as you will see other cairns. However, you can see the more pointed rock on the other side of the wash that is referenced in the hike description so you know that's the direction you want to go.

You will continue to climb a bit more before topping out a bit and making your way down toward the wash. If you don't want to hike too long in the wash, don't get down too early. You will barely spend anytime in the wash on the cairned trail. Once across the wash you'll kind of parallel it for awhile and then cross by a large house-size boulder on your left before making the final turn that pretty much takes you straight up. But it's not long before you reach the WAVE and the surfing can commence :y: .

I put down my pack and went out to an observation rock to see where Jack was. I watched him make the steep climb and then we both sat in the shade for a moment, ate some blueberry donut holes and then headed to the backside of the cave where Jack set up his tripod to photograph our surfing. We had fun doing that before heading over to the other alcove to the south of this one. It was quite large too. Next time I would like to continue south and go up and around to the top of the Wave Cave. It's very curious :-k as there are several areas where water seeps through the back of the main cave.

Next we had a fruit snack (Bruce likes to keep track of my eating schedule ;) ) before heading back to the TH. Going down it is definitely slick. Jack and I stayed on the main trail that also flanked the side of the mountain (after crossing the wash) before getting down to the flatter ground. As mentioned before the trail in this area seems to meander all over the place so once again, be mindful of the cairns. And once again, the cairns can take you off in a different area so keep heading in the direction of the TH as best you can.

We did encounter a couple hikers that didn't have a destination. They said they were just going to hike until they didn't. We pointed out the Cave to them but suggested without a hike description, unless they're good at following cairns, that it be best they stay on the main trail. We told them Carney goes about straight up a little ways from here.

Back at the truck, Jack created some nice artificial shade and we split my sandwich and chips and we each had a beer. It was nice to sit on the truck bed and just observe the Superstitions from here :DANCE: for about 20 minutes before going our separate ways. I got some of Pat's chocolate cookies too.

Next up for me was the 1:30 geology tour at the Arboretum. And interestingly enuf, the geology tour did explain one of the phenomenen we saw at the Wave Cave. This is a fun short trip I highly recommend. Plan to spend some time because as far as I know, the surf is always up here :D .

2-5-2014 didn't realize I hadn't posted my awesome video for this hike: http://youtu.be/_LdgmoHEBFs
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