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.
Cap Rock Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Bill & Polly Cunningham, Hiking California's Desert Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bill Cunningham & Polly Cunningham, Best Easy Day Hikes: Joshua Tree (Falcon Guides).
"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"
--Bob Gaines, Best Climbs Joshua Tree National Park (Falcon Guides).
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