Broadway Cave Arizona

Broadway Cave


Mileage: 3.8
Elevation gain: 960 feet feet
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
Stars: ★★★★
Difficulty: 2/5 (Ratings explained)
Steep at the end, rocky

Broadway Cave is one of the closest and easiest hikes in the Superstition Mountains. The views of the Superstition Mountains even from the parking lot are beautiful, and the garden of saguaro cactuses on the way to the cave is unparalleled anywhere I’ve been. The trail is very rocky, and there are spur trails from previous lost hikers that can get you off course, but your reward will be a nice view of the city from the cave and a great photo op.

Trail Description

Jacob’s Crosscut Trail

Jacob’s Crosscut Trail starts just west of the Broadway Trailhead parking and immediately heads to the east on a wide trail, littered with rocks just waiting to help you twist your ankle. Don’t let them!

Superstition Mountains and Broadway Cave
I ruined the picture, yeah, but there’s the cave!

At the well-signed fork, take a left to stay on on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail. You’ll start heading toward the mountain, and the Broadway Cave up on the mountain ahead of you will become more and more easily visible.

Closer view of Broadway Cave in Arizona
You don’t need my arrow this time, right?

Hike up this trail until you reach the hugest, most embarrassingly conspicuous cairn you’ve even seen and head right on the Broadway Cave Trail. Add a rock to it while you’re there? Why not? Everyone else did, and heaven knows there are plenty of rocks around there.

Broadway Cave Trail

This is the part where a lot of people get off trail because there are so many footpaths from people getting off trail before. In fact, we saw several people waaaay off trail the day we went. Don’t be one of them. Watch your map.

The cave is large, smelly, and covered in graffiti, but the photo op is Instagram-worthy (I’m about to post mine in a minute. . . don’t forget to follow us @wildpathsaz).

Broadway Cave

On the way back, be sure to savor the incredible saguaro cactus garden you find yourself in.

Map & Directions

Location Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Apache Junction, Arizona

From the US60, head north on Mountain View Road. Turn right on Broadway Avenue (it’s easy to miss, so watch for the sign) and follow it to the trailhead. Parking for about 10 cars.

Fees/Passes None

Trailhead Facilities None

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2 responses to “Broadway Cave”

  1. Lori W. Avatar
    Lori W.

    My friend and I goggled directions for the Broadway Cave. It took us into a neighborhood marked with private drive signs and no trespassing.
    We drove around and around but never found the parking lot.
    Is there a better way to find this trailhead?

    1. Stacey Johnston Avatar

      Hi Lori! If you type “Broadway Trailhead” into Google maps, it’ll take you right there. There is parking for about 10 cars. Thanks for stopping by!

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