Moro Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November.
Moro Rock Trail in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park scales a granite dome via a steep 1/4-mile staircase to the summit offering a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of the park. The parking area for Moro Rock is 2 miles from the village. A steep 1/4 mile staircase climbs over 300' to the summit of a granite dome, offering spectacular views of the western half of Sequoia National Park and the Great Western Divide. This chain of mountains runs north/south through the center of Sequoia National Park, "dividing" the watersheds of the Kaweah River to the west and the Kern River to the east. Moro Rock is a dome-shaped granite monolith. Common in the Sierra Nevada, these domes form by exfoliationthe spalling or casting off in scales, plates, or sheets of rock layers on otherwise unjointed granite. Outward expansion of the granite causes the exfoliation. Expansion results from load relief: when the overburden that once capped the granite has eroded away, the source of compression is removed, and the granite slowly expands. Fractures that form during exfoliation tend to cut corners. This ultimately results in rounded, dome-like forms. Reference and more info: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/index.htm
I would not consider this a "moderate" hike, but I think for total beginners, it could be tricky. It is obviously a touristy area, so get there early if you care. We got there about 8am and there weren't many people on the trail yet.
A quick and easy jaunt for a spectacular view. Good bang for the buck, but little to no challenge.
Great views of the Western Divide! Short and fun!
We hadn't originally planned to do this trail, but we were so glad we did. We happened upon this trail in November at sunset, and it quickly became our favorite experience of Sequoia.
The trail head has its own parking lot. It is short, but does involve a lot of stair climbing. If you have a fear of heights or if there's a possibility of lightning, I would pass on this one.
The trail winds its way up to the top of the rock. A couple of times I thought it was the top, but was wrong. The trail continues all the way to the summit, which is marked with a large plank-like rock outcropping and protective hand rails. The views from both sides and at the top are beyond words, but I think sunset made it infinitely better. Plus there was a low lying fog that had settled in the valley. It was perfect.
Access is too easy...
Absolutely beautiful. It could get a little chilly so always bring a sweater
You're supposed to be able to see the San Fernando Valley and the Coast Range from the top on a clear day, but don't count on it as more often than not it's hazy. The views of the western half of the park are OK, but don't forget to turn around because the views of the Great Western Divide are at once breath-taking and humbling. Absolutely one of the most memorable, awe-inspiring scenes I have ever witnessed.
Short Hike, Great View
It's a short hike to the top. The view is spectacular and highly recommend go early in the morning to avoid heavy traffic.