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Cap Rock Nature Trail

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0.4 mile 0.7 kilometer out and back
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -11' -3 m
High: 4,265' 1,300 m
Low: 4,254' 1,297 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

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

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A great nature trail that gives runners a good sense of the environment of Joshua Tree National Park.

Description

This is a great option for a picnic stop and easy run. 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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