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Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2020
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Hiking6.90 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.18 mph
1,500 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Wanted to get in a morning hike and be back for dental appointment in afternoon, decided to see if anything new with the Wave Cave , besides the name :D . Surprised by how much mud and standing water on Peralta Road, no problem for vehicles but won’t be easy to avoid muddy shoes for the marathon Sunday. Parked at Peralta Trailhead to get a good warmup before and cool down after the wave cave, or is it Apache Kid Cave now? Went by the Don’s base camp arousing some large angry kenneled dogs on the way to Carney Springs. Arriving at the fence gate and from then on noted a couple of dozen painted white arrows on the way the last one about 25 yards from the cave ](*,) . There were only about 6 people in the main cave when I arrived who promptly left and 4 foreigners ,Canadians , showed up but they all went over to the in law’s cave so for a short time had the place to myself. Passed by 3 other couples on the way down, back on Lost Goldmine opted to head over to the Dacite Mine. Some crows unhappily announced my arrival at the cliffs, walked along the edge under the cliffs, tiptoeing by the large fallen rocks hoping no others were due to arrive today. Had been apprehensive a few years ago to enter the mine as I did not have a headlight and it was quite dark even going only 30 to 40 feet in. Now there’s a grate blocking the entrance, there is a gap in the grate but it would be better to just read the description of the mine in Carlson’s book. Decided to stop and have a snack at the picnic table in Peralta Trailhead, never stopped to do that before. Nice weather continues , Peralta trailhead was full as well as the first row of the overflow.
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