Cap Rock Nature Trail

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Elevation Gain2ft
Trailhead Elevation4,267ft
Elevation Min/Max4267/4268ft
Elevation Start/End4267/4267ft

Cap Rock Nature Trail

Cap Rock Nature Trail is a hiking trail in Riverside County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 4,267 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2 feet. Cap Rock (elevation 13,780 feet) is near the trailhead. There are also an information board, restrooms, and parking. Along the trail there is a bare rock.

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Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill & Polly Cunningham
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"This easy nature trail is paved and was designed to accommodate wheelchairs, although it has weathered considerably since it was built in 1982. The numerous signs have also weathered, some almost to illegibility. The focus of the information is on the desert plants that grow around these fascinating quartz monzonite boulder piles. Cap Rock itself is nearby; frequent use by rock climbers makes this an interesting scene. An easy loop around rock formations adjacent to the picturesque Cap Rock."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree (Falcon Guides)
Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham
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"These gargantuan bizarre boulders are a magnet for visitors. A Joshua tree forest surrounds the unusual jumbo rock formations. The nature trail’s informational signs focus on the geology and ecology of the Mojave Desert."
Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bob Gaines
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"Cap Rock is a huge formation with excellent-quality rock. Just before the parking lot you can see the cap rock,balanced precariously on the summit. Catch a Falling Star faces south and is a good choice on cold days. The Ayatolla is in the shade in the afternoon"

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Cap rock? Uh, OK. Cool for a stop to eat, but that's about it.

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