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Cap Rock Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Loop

4,265' 1,300 m

High

4,254' 1,297 m

Low

10' 3 m

Up

11' 3 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

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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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Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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  4.4 from 7 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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Mar 1, 2021
Tom Herr
Gravel trail around large Boulder formations with signs highlighting the local flora. 0.4mi
Jan 7, 2021
Lou Hibbard
With Janelle - goes by lots of boulder problems I've done 0.4mi
Oct 5, 2020
Melissa Bonnemoy
0h 12m
Mar 9, 2020
Michelle F
Feb 8, 2020
Scott George
Jan 21, 2020
Justin Carlisle
Jan 3, 2020
Donna Coffman
Nov 3, 2019
Emily Goss