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Cap Rock Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate
  4.4 ( 5 ) Favorite

Trail

0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 4,265' 1,300 m
Low: 4,254' 1,297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

A short trail that loops away from the base of Cap Rock.

Eric Ashley

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Family Friendly Kids will enjoy exploring the boulders along the loop and watching rock climbers if they are present.

Overview

A great nature trail that gives hikers a good sense of the environment of Joshua Tree National Park.

Description

This is a great option for a picnic stop and easy hike. The trail starts at the base of Cap Rock, the name given to the outcropping of boulders topped by a balanced rock slab, before looping to the southeast around a neaby outcropping. The trail is well-marked, flat, and easy to travel as it explores the Joshua Tree-dotted landscape.

This is a popular site for rock climbers, so it's not uncommon to see them ascending the rocks and crags in the area. Look for wildflower blooms in the spring for a special treat.

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Nov 13, 2018
Barbaranne Kelly
Apr 29, 2018
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Dec 27, 2017
Brandon Klukas
Jan 22, 2017
John Hannes
Dec 30, 2016
Daniel Tong
Jun 3, 2016
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Mar 5, 2016
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  4.4 from 5 votes

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The view back to Cap Rock at sunset is spectacular. Photo credits: NPS/Brad Sutton.
May 25, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA

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