Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Sequoia National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Short and steep hike up about 400 steps. Incredible panoramic views. Not for the person with vertigo.

hiking
3 days ago

Saved this trail for last on this day, and the weather cooperated! Wind was not bad, sun was also not bad, temperature was in the 40's. Saw two ravens on way up next to trail. PArking can be a problem at trailhead. I had to wait till someone left. Stairs up were not too bad just take your time, take in the awesome views and you will get to the top. This is a very popular trail so be patient. This is not one you will have to yourself, unless you come really early.


Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

on Moro Rock Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Went to this trail on July 1st.
Easy climb up the stairs with amazing views at the top.
Check the weather before you go because it can be really intense on a hot day, wear your sunscreen.
The only challenge is that the stair passageway is a little narrow and it can be hard to pass by your fellow trail friends
Check it out for sure!

hiking
6 days ago

I've done this one many times and it is worth it each time. The view of the Sierra Mountains is unlike anything else. There are quite a few stairs, but if you take them at a leisurely pace, it is too difficult. Every time I have been here there are always lots of tourists, so just be prepared to be patient. It is not too long of a distance, but if you are afraid of heights be aware there are a couple sections that you come very close to the edge.

hiking
7 days ago

Breathtaking views. The trail is steep, but well worth it.

Tip: Check the weather prior to climbing.

Too easy! Did it in 10 minutes and sunrise is amazing there !

It was great

12 days ago

Summit date: 10/1/2018

Langley is a test of your commitment. As a ‘fourteener’ there’s not a whole lot to look at and sometimes it feels like a barren moon surface. BUT, it’s a great test of stamina, and anything but boring and much less travelled than Whitney...so if you enjoy solitude and semi private trail blazing, give Langley a try!

We hiked in from Horseshoe Camping Grounds to Cottonwood Lake #3 and setup base camp. The hike was 8 miles, 1,400 ft elevation gain and took about 6 hours with full pack. .

Next day we set out for the summit under great weather conditions. From Cottonwood Lake #3 via Old Army Pass and back to camp for a round tip of 10.5 miles, roughly 10 hours with a 3,100 ft elevation gain. The trails are hard to follow on the way up once you emerge from Old Army rim, the elevation gain continuous and unrelenting. Follow the cairns, it’s your best bet. Make sure you travel light and keep your pack under 20 lbs or under if possible and do your best to take 3 liters of water to hydrate. Weather rolled in and we descended quickly to miss cloud cover and the first new storm system for Souther Sierra’s. By the time we left the next day, rain was coming down moderately with winds picking up.

The hike out of the lakes is always a butt kicker the next day after the summit, so rest up! Make sure to remember which lot you parked in...we had to play ‘find the car’ on the return as I originally thought we parked at the Cottonwood Lakes campsite! After a tough summit and long hike back, looking for your car weighed down with a full pack is not what you want to do.

All-in-all, Langley is a moderate-to-hard summit with great views of Kings Canyon and the Sierra’s Camping out in the Cottonwoods doesn’t get much better.

hiking
12 days ago

Love the view . Easy for anyone who is seeking for a fast and beautiful view.

hiking
13 days ago

Langley is kind of a grind and not really that interesting. Definitely wide panoramic views at the top though.

The standout on this walk are the lakes. I was at Rae Lakes just the weekend before and these hands down blow it away.

Skip the grind and just spend some time at the lakes!

Short hike with lots of stairs

hiking
14 days ago

One of the best views you can see. A every step going up is a different story

Got there just before sunrise this morning. Amazing views. Super easy walk up the stairs. Had the rock to myself for about 30 mins. Blissful

backpacking
21 days ago

We did AP more or less as shown on this map as a 3 day trip, camping 2 nights at lake 3 (9/20-9/21). The AP trail is shorter with less elevation gain than NAP. Not a mistake. Three days was a relatively relaxed way to go, but even so, the summit hike was not easy. We took a more boldery rout to the summit on the final section, skipping some of the deep sand if you followed the big cairns all the way up. This had its own challenges though - and we did follow the cairns on the way down. We saw four bighorn sheep on the the way back, and marmots here and there, sunbathing on the rocks. It was great to be back to camp on day 2 with plenty of time for a chilly plunge in the lake and to enjoy the afternoon and evening rather than packing up and slogging it back to the parking lot. Overall a great trip!

We love this trail. It was easy and our kids had fun.

Great hike, spectacular views. Cold at night and in the morning. No ice or snow yet, as of 9/22/18. Tough finish to the top with sinking sand and small gravel. Saw a coyote, marmots and deer. But no big horn sheep (boo) and no bears (phew.) Completed in 13 hours, would do it in two or three days next time, to take in all the beauty this hike has. Well worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

Really fun short climb to the top of the rock with great views

hiking
1 month ago

Summit date: 9/11/18 - Due to a compressed timeline, I opted to hike from the Cottonwood Lakes Trail Head, and summit Mt. Langley in one day via the New Army Pass Trail. This is approx. a 26 mile day! I started my recording about 3 miles into my hike. Looking back, I would recommend making this a 2 to 3 day hike. With over 4000’ of elevation climb, I was definitely exhausted by the end of the day.

For Sep, the weather was PERFECT! After climbing switchbacks up to the crest of New Army Pass, you get wonderful views of Mount Langley. There is about a 500’ descent in the saddle before a 2500’ ascent to the summit. Be aware - following the defined New Army Pass trail down will take you toward Soldier Lake and away from the Mount Langley summit trail. I had to backtrack, which set me back about 45 mins.

The challenging portion is the last 800’ or so to the summit. I recommend following the cairn trail for the safest ascent to the top. I had to scramble for the first 20 to 30’, which made me second guess about my decision to continue to the top, but after that, the ascent was mostly loose sand in between boulders. After the last cairn, the terrain becomes gradual with the summit in clear view.

hiking
1 month ago

I did Mount Langley as a two-day hike. (I can't imagine doing it as a one-day without serious conditioning.) My route was a little different from the one on this page, though.

I began at Horse Meadow, taking the Cottonwood Lakes Trail to the New Army Pass Trail. I then camped at Long Lake. The following day, I continued on the New Army Pass Trail, linking up with the Army Pass Trial via a short connector route shown on this map. I then took the Army Pass Trail to the final approach, in which I took the western-most route as shown on this map.

Next time, I'm going to take the Army Pass Trail (as shown on this page), as it's shorter and has less elevation gain than the New Army Pass Trail. Apparently, snow lingers longer on the Army Pass Trail, though, so check the conditions.

Tips:

- Bring a GPS device. There are a couple places where the trail is hard to follow and splits up.
- Pack light when you summit. Bring the bare minimum: water, first-aid kit, navigation device, jacket, etc.
- Turn back if you don't feel good. Don't risk your life to make the summit.
- There is plenty of water from Horseshoe Meadow to High Lake (just east of Long Lake). I didn't see any water from there to the summit, though.

hiking
1 month ago

Great!

hiking
1 month ago

short and sweet! arrived just in time to catch the sun rise which was cool but the light blocked the view of the dividing range to the left. would be a great spot for sunset. please put your rubbish in the bins!

hiking
1 month ago

I made the climb for sunrise with my wife and was not disappointed with the view. It was a relatively easy climb on paved steps from the parking lot, but recognize that 7400ft altitude may provoke hesitation on some.

1 month ago

Got there by 9:00 AM and beat the crowds on a Sunday morning which was ideal. Would have been 5 stars except the view was pretty smokey from recent fires,

1 month ago

Went up and down via NAP, which made for a very long day hike of 26 miles. This was such a beautiful route. Loved spending time at the lakes. First of many in the Sierras.

hiking
1 month ago

Went during sunset, real awesome, unfrotunately lots of smoke from the fires that fill up the central valley. Hike is easy.

AMAZING. Did this with some storm clouds in the distance which is terrifying and definitely not recommended, but absolutely breath taking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great two day trip. I hiked from Horseshoe meadows to the cottonwood lakes. Lake #3 in my opinion is the best place for camp. Beautiful view, high ground to stay dry and shade. Friday morning I started at 7am reaching the summit at 10:30am. I then hiked back to horseshoe meadows arriving at 3pm. Great hike! Old Army pass is the way to go for this summit. Cheers

hiking
2 months ago

Came here on a weekday when we could park at the trailhead. It's a short but steep hike up to the top. The views were still amazing despite some of the haziness from the nearby fires. Definitely plan to come back when the sky clears and to go to stargazing.

hiking
2 months ago

The views are spectacular and second to none. The parking is limited. The crowds are dangerously overwhelming. Be extra careful when going up there.

The reason this hike only gets 4 stars is the lack supervision from park rangers. I saw a lot of people careless on trail that doesn't give second chances.

2 months ago

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