Mormon Rocks Nature Loop

Cajon Junction, California

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At the junction of Interstate 15 and Route 138, oddly tilted sedimentary rock formations stand sentinel below Cajon Pass. Officially named Rock Candy Mountains, but locally known as the Mormon Rocks, the formations have been riddled with holes by strong winds and weather. Lizards, owls, and pack rats make their homes in these small caves. The wild contortions of the San Andreas Fault have thrust these cemented sandstone beds upward toward the sky. Although the Mormon Rocks appear to be weather-worn and crumbly, they remain standing because they erode more slowly than the sand and silt of the alluvial flats of the Cajon Canyon Wash.
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

At the junction of Interstate 15 and Route 138, oddly tilted sedimentary rock formations stand sentinel below Cajon Pass. Officially named Rock Candy Mountains, but locally known as the Mormon Rocks, the formations have been riddled with holes by strong winds and weather. Lizards, owls, and pack rats make their homes in these small caves. The wild contortions of the San Andreas Fault have thrust these cemented sandstone beds upward toward the sky. Although the Mormon Rocks appear to be weather-worn and crumbly, they remain standing because they erode more slowly than the sand and silt of the alluvial flats of the Cajon Canyon Wash.

© 2012 David & Jennifer Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cajon Junction
Length: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: October-April
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Topo Map: Mormon Rocks Nature Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire Guide Book
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