Moro Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and fishing and is accessible 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
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.
Great short hike that's perfect if you've got only a little time to explore the park and want to get a gorgeous view. Only downside is that it's very touristy. We were there in late Sep and mid morning was the best time for us. Absolutely glad we did it and can check it off our list but we'd only go back if family were in town and wanted to do it.
You climb 400 steps to a breathtaking vista. Take it slow and easy. If the have a fear of heights, this is not the trail for you but if not, the rewards are great. The park tells you not to climb when snowy or icy and when thunder clues are near. You are totally exposed at the top. This is a great climb!
Beautiful views! I haven't been here in nearly two decades. Worth the hike- I think the sign said the elevation gain was around 300 feet.
Very cool and unique hike. Terrific views and a fun set of stairs to get to them. Be sure to drive to the meadows area afterward. Definitely worth it.
Amazing view, especially at the sunset!
pretty good climb to the top but amazing views
It is an amazing experience . Lot of giant trees.