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5-star is not enough to describe how beautiful this place is!

One of the most beautiful and unique places I've adventured. Pretty wild since there are almost no... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Epic and surreal experience beyond any language can describe!

The permit system limits 20 visitors a day and that made everyone’s experience so private and personal! It also protects the WAVE hugely!

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Tony Z
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Reviewed January 5, 2020

Hiked the wave Jan 3, 2020. Here is a summary of key points we observed/learned:

1. Winter over Summer: hiking this in the summer, when it’s typically busy season, would have been worse. We’ve heard of people having to carry a lot of water due to the heat, and go through it quickly. When we hiked this - it wasn’t even that cold - and we were able to get a permit on our first time applying (if you can believe it!). Another huge advantage to hiking in winter is that many parts of the hike are over rock. While there are some markers in between it can be easy to get lost despite the map directions. In winter, you can see all the foot prints left in the snow by previous hikers to help guide you. While there was some snow in the wave, it did not impact the ability to view it or photograph it.

2. Beware the Road!: the road from the highway to the parking lot where you get started is about 8 miles long. We went early in the morning and started our hike as the first ones on the trail. Given that we hiked in January, the road was solid in the morning due to the freezing night temperatures, but it was still slow moving in a mid-size SUV (Rav 4). Later on in the day this was absolutely treacherous driving. The mud had warmed up, the road became soggy, and we got stuck a couple times. This road is impassible in a normal car, and we can’t imagine what it’s like in the summer. Beware the driving here - especially after a recent rain. We haven’t seen much about this road on other reviews - please heed this warning and rent an appropriate car. It took us about 40-50 mins to bypass these 8 miles.

3. GPS: we mapped out our route using a Garmin InReach+ hand held GPS unit prior to going on the hike. It was very helpful. The instructions on the map given to you aren’t always clear and the markers may not be visible. Having this unit helped a lot and prevented us from going off course.

4. Go in the morning: as you can see we captured some beautiful shots. Best time to do this is in the morning to get good lighting on the Wave. Going earlier also means you can get it to yourself - we were the only ones there for a solid 20 mins or so.

All in all - incredible hike. Memory of a lifetime. Be safe and enjoy it! Happy to answer any other questions.

Date of experience: January 2020
5  Thank RapsFan91
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

Tried for years to get a permit and finally got in!! I can now see why only so many get in a day. The place would be easily destroyed. The walk out is beautiful alone. We went with an older couple that had a little trouble in some areas but overall not a bad hike. It's simply amazing to walk up the final hill and walk into the place. We spent a good 4 hours there walking around and climbing. Everyone out there was very respectful of each other trying to get pictures. I'm so thankful for this amazing experience.

Date of experience: November 2019
2  Thank 468marenr
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Reviewed December 12, 2019 via mobile

This hike was cool. Surroundings and views are amazing. Wish we had more time to spend. Took us an hour and eight minutes to get to the wave. A little longer on the way out. Definitely will try to win the lottery to explore this area more.

Date of experience: December 2019
1  Thank KLINGER-NV
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Reviewed November 21, 2019

Our son finally won 4 passes after 3.5 years of applying online in late July and we hiked The Wave on 11/14/19. Thankfully the weather was perfect (mid 60's & sunny) for hiking but we still took plenty of water & food along to spend the most of the day there & the surrounding area. We are in our 60's and in good shape to hike through the sand and to climb & walk upon the varied sandstone. The map supplied by the BLM is very accurate & easy to follow. Be advised-No Cell Phone service out there, so emergency response will be slow. The scenery to the Wave is awesome so be sure to get photos.

Once you get there, let the beauty soak in, take your photos and explore the wave before moving on to see the 2nd Wave, numerous arches, etc. The lighting changes as the day goes by so be sure to photograph the wave again on your way out. Especially both channels to the bottom left & right once the sun hits them. We found another couple who arrived before us so we took pics for each other, which was very nice. You'll need a wide angle lens to capture the wave and wide-mid lens for most of the surrounding area. Lighting was good on the wave mid morning while we were there.

Beauty abounds in this unique & surreal place & we feel privileged to have made the trek there. We fully support the restriction of 20 people/day to preserve this special place, especially the delicate striations. Please be respectful of the land when hiking and carry everything in & out. I hope you get to experience & enjoy this wonderful hike!

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank Harlan O
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