Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail

Difficulty
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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.1 km
Elevation
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12 m
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With an abundance of unique rock formations, the Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail is a short but fantastic hike that is good for the entire family. Photo opportunities are plentiful as you make your way through the relatively flat terrain. If you're lucky, you may even see some of the wildlife roaming the area.

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Route Description for Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail

Depending on the time of year, the Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail can get rather busy as it is an easily accessible and fairly short hike. Therefore, those seeking a more secluded hiking experience should consider passing over the Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail in favor of a longer, less accessible route within Joshua Tree National Park.

After leaving your vehicle in the parking lot, the trail can be found on the eastern side of the lot. The trail is a circuit, and can be completed in either direction, but we recommend going clockwise to limit congestion on the trail.

Once on the trail, it will first bring you northward and around, with nice views of the spectacular Cap Rock in the center of the trail. If you want, use this opportunity to take some photos. After the trail loops around Cap Rock, it continues south, where it again loops around another hill with more picturesque rock formations. Having completed the circuit around the second hill, the trail will return you to the parking lot, where your car awaits.

Getting to the Cap Rock and Gram Parsons Nature Trail Trailhead

The trailhead can be found at the parking lot with the same name, off of Keys View Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Ryan Mountain Campground

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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