Broadway Cave (Superstition Wilderness)

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View from the Broadway Cave
Lone Saguaro looks over the Superstition Wilderness
Views of the Superstition Wilderness
Views of the Superstition Wilderness
Hiker on the trail to the Broadway Cave
Views of the Superstition Wilderness
Views of the Superstition Wilderness
Map: Broadway Cave
Elevation profile: Broadway Cave

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Apache Junction, AZ.

To get to the Broadway Road trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take US-60 East to the Mountain View exit and turn left onto Mountain View Road. Take this road for about 1.7 miles and turn right onto signed Broadway Road. Take Broadway Road 1.0 miles though a residential area to the unsigned trailhead and small parking area on the left. Be warned: there are only space for about six cars here.
city
apache junction
state
az
Region
Superstition and Mazatzal Wilderness

Hike details

Distance
4.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The out and back hike described is 4.0 miles.
Time
2.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us about 2.0 hours hiking to complete this hike.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
About 1000 ft of elevation gain.
Hike Trail Type
One Way

Season

Best Season
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December
Date Hike completed
November 14, 2019

Solitudue

Solitude
Medium
Solitude Details
This number of other hikers is limited by the trailhead parking. Expect to see 10-20 other hikers on the trail with you.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderate
difficulty detail
Although the hiking is not too difficult, there is some route finding required to get to the Cave. This one way hike described here is a Moderate hike.

Permits

Be Aware of
limited parking at the Broadway Road TH, route finding

Hike to the Broadway Cave in the Superstition Wilderness, Arizona.

 

From the small parking area at the Broadway Road Trailhead, the trail start is just to your left if you are facing the Superstition Mountains. The trail starts out headed directly for the ridgeline through the common cacti seen in this area: Saguaro, Prickly Pear, and Cholla. The trail, though rocky along this section, is easy to follow and pretty flat.

 

After about 0.5 miles of hiking on the Jacobs Crosscut trail, you'll reach the junction with the trail that leads to the Lost Goldmine trail. Stay left at this signed junction (JCT_1L on the map) to stay on the Jacobs Crosscut trail. After another 0.6 miles of hiking, you will leave the main trail and take an unsigned trail straight ahead (JCT_2ST on the map). If you look straight ahead at this trail junction, you can see your target of the Broadway cave high above you. After an additional 0.5 miles of hiking, you'll reach a large cairn (JCT_3R on the map). Turn right at this cairn and follow an unmarked trail as it climbs more steeply towards the cave. Keep an eye out for the cairns as this trail (especially on the descent) to stay on the rough trail. Hiking 0.4 miles on this trail will get you to the Broadway Cave.

 

The cave has some great views of the surrounding desert and the encroaching civilization of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

When ready, return the way you came.

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