Moro Rock Trail

MODERATE 160 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
177 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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 exfoliation - 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.

4 seconds ago

Great views throughout the entire ascent

1 hour ago

amazing view

9 hours ago

Hiked a bit through the woods before getting to Moro Rock in order to make it a longer hike. The rock can be extremely crowded and the stairs are pretty steep. Views are great but you have to fight the crowds.

22 hours ago

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23 hours ago

Great views and cool breeze at the top

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1 day ago

Always a favorite if I am in the area. Must do for first timers. Please do not liter and take all trash with you. Be careful when you bring your kids! Amazing views no matter what time of the day.

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6 days ago

Incredible vistas! Can get a bit crowded on narrow steps...but well worth it.

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6 days ago

This was a short hike, however it is an uphill battle. Trail offers very little protection from falling off the side of the granite mountain of a rock. If you're afraid of heights this may not be the hike for you. At times we had to stop when there was space to let others pass that were coming down as we were going up. However it was an incredibly beautiful view at the top. My 68yr old dad did the hike with me and he did just fine. Take your time, take breaks and drink water. The view is worth it!

Worth the 400 steps! Amazing views!

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10 days ago

Great panoramic views! Short but gorgeous

11 days ago

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17 days ago

Short hike to some amazing views. I went early before the crowds but the best pictures are probably when the sun is at its highest.

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26 days ago

Gorgeous view

26 days ago

The 360° views at the top were spectacular. The trail is crowded though, and you spend a lot of time waiting for people to pass on the narrow sections (it's mostly narrow). On a very busy day, this could be a nuisance. If you aren't doing much in the park though, it's worth it to climb to the top. The steps can be pretty strenuous especially at elevation so take your time and you'll get there!