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Cap Rock Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The most popular trail in Makoshika State Park because of the views and varied badlands terrain.


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Miles

0.8

KM

Loop

2,560' 780 m

High

2,450' 747 m

Low

122' 37 m

Up

124' 38 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

This trail provides a rugged badlands experience that is accessible to many because of its short length. Various badlands features, including a natural bridge, are visible along this trail as well as long-distance views of the badlands area.

Description

The trailhead is about 2.5 miles inside the park and includes a parking area. From the trailhead, follow the well trodden path through caprock and other badlands formations including: rills and pinnacles. Stop to view the natural bridge and loop around to the start.

Though steep in parts, the short length of this loop makes it a nice, easier loop for park visitors to get out and stretch their legs. You shouldn't have to worry to much about obstacles either, as this trail is well traveled and tame.

History & Background

Makoshika is Montana's largest State Park. Makoshika (Ma-ko'-shi-ka) is a variant spelling of a Lakota phrase meaning 'bad land' or 'bad earth'.

Contacts

Shared By:

Karen Ryberg

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  5.0 from 3 votes

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View from the Cap Rock Trail
Nov 17, 2015 near Glendive, MT

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Jul 21, 2019
Scott Wright
Jun 23, 2019
Erica Stoner
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May 30, 2015
Karen Ryberg
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