In January, 20 members of the Community Recreation Services Outdoor Recreation Program’s Adult Hiking Club headed to the “Wave Cave” at Gold Canyon in the Superstition Mountains for a 3-mile round-trip hike.
The cave supposedly gets its name from the way that the rock formation inside the cave resembles a wave of water. Hikers often pose for artistic “silhouette” photos from the inside, looking out.
With an elevation gain of 869 feet and a difficulty rating of moderate to hard, this hike was chosen because the cave is a popular spot that is challenging for hikers, said Recreation Coordinator II Kevin Riding-In.
“Desert hikes are better to do in the colder months,” said Riding In, referring to the recommendation to not hike in the Valley summer heat due to risk of heat exhaustion and other heat-related injuries.
The Adult Hiking Club gives Community members an opportunity to explore the outdoors and take in great views, as well as providing a challenge and promoting physical activity.
“I read some reviews on the trail (wave cave) prior to going and was initially pretty nervous about it, because many said it was very steep and could be difficult for inexperienced hikers,” said hiker Jessica Martinez. “However, I did not find it bad at all!”
The club’s hikes are on the first Saturday of every month, and Riding In said that you can sign up to participate by looking for the information from posts on the Way of Life Facility’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SRPMIC.WOLF and on their Instagram page @saltriverrecreation. On the posts, there will be a SignUpGenius link to reserve your spot.