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Cap Rock Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (8) 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

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 8 votes

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  4.4 from 8 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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May 30, 2021
Rachel Pierstorff
0.4mi
May 11, 2021
Ebert Cabrera
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