Wind Cave Hiking Trail
Known as one of the most popular trails in Logan Canyon, the Wind Cave Hiking trail is located approximately 5.3 miles up the canyon across from the Guinavah Campground. This family friendly hike offers beautiful views with the highlight of the trail being the natural cave.
The Wind Cave trail is considered a moderate hike, but because of the large switch backs the constant elevation gain of 1030 feet is more gradual than straight up. As you hike the trail, views of the surrounding canyon are spectacular and there are several areas to stop, rest, and take in the scenery. One view from the Wind Cave trail that will instantly stand out is the 200 foot cliffs located across the canyon known as China Wall.
Reaching The Cave:
When you reach the cave the trail itself ends on top of the cave roof. This actually caused us a little confusion until we continued up the trail and saw the cave entrance. As you enter the cave you will be treated to a window like view of the canyon below. One portion of the cave ceiling is open like a natural sky light. There is a pillar that divides the cave into two different rooms. The floor angles towards the south east which leads to a cliff. Please use caution and watch your footing while exploring inside the cave.
How The Cave Was Formed:
The formation of the Wind Cave began far underground as water seeped through cracks deep within layers of limestone rock. Over long periods of time, the water slowly dissolved the limestone, creating large, below ground caverns. More recently, the downward cutting Logan River exposed the caves. The arches we see today were created as water continues to erode the limestone formation from both ends of the cavern. In the video above, I mention they were created by the wind, but they were created by water.
Hiking Safety Tips:
The trail to the Wind Cave is exposed and can get very hot on a summer day. If you plan on hiking this trail in the summer we recommend starting early or later in the day to avoid the heat. As always, be sure to carry plenty of water and wear sunscreen or a hat to protect yourself from the sun. Wear a good pair of hiking shoes or boots.
The trail itself is moderate with constant elevation gain. Take your time, don’t rush, and enjoy the hike as much as you enjoy the cave.
Wind Cave Safety Tips:
As you’re hiking the closer you get to the cave the steeper the terrain is around the trail. There are cliffs around the cave that plummet into the canyon below. As mentioned above, the floor of the cave can be slippery so watch your footing as you explore the inside of the cave.
Trail Length: 3.5 Miles Round Trip
Elevation Gain: 1300 Feet
Trail Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Usage: Heavy
Dog friendly Trail – Dogs must be kept on the leash at all times.
The trail is open year round.
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