Moro Rock Trail

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Moro Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, 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
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

NOTE: The road up to the trailhead is seasonally closed. This road generally opens by the Wednesday before Memorial Day in late May and closes when it becomes impassable due to snow. In heavy snow years, the road may open later than usual. When the road is closed, it becomes a ski trail. In summer when the free park shuttles are running (usually from late May to early September), the road closes to private vehicles on weekends and holidays from morning through late afternoon. You can park at Giant Forest Museum or any other shuttle stop and ride the free park shuttle along the road. No drinking water is available along this road, so be sure to take some with you. 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.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing! #whyihike

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing!

5 days ago

Short but keep ur heart rate up!!!

hiking
8 days ago

Really nice hike. Roads were closed due to snow when we visited so took the long way, but was worth it because of all the Mule deer that crossed the trail in front of us. Not recommended on a cloudy day, because then there is no view from the top.

hiking
22 days ago

Fun, short hike up stairs to a beautiful view. Not recommended for those who are afraid of heights!

24 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! No snow or ice, but I did it before tonight’s storm. You can’t beat the views of the mountains or the valley below.

25 days ago

12/23/18- amazing views and no snow or ice on the stairs.

hiking
1 month ago

Short walk to the top. I like the views leading up the top more than at the top. It was a little cloudy the day we went, but still worth it.

1 month ago

Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

I love the view

1 month ago

Lots of people, but it didn’t ruin the views. I sorta ran the stairs a bit for exercise, but stopped very often. Personally I think the views climbing the stairs up were better than at the top, but that’s only Bc it was after fires, so a very hazy day. Doesn’t take long, worth it. Ok for kids too.

1 month ago

We did this trail back in July. It was very crowded, but worth the stair climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep climb with steps up to the top of Moro rock. Was busy even though was November but was also a weekend. Great boards up with interesting information along the path. We headed up here for sunset and was beautiful, the views from the top are breathtaking. Plenty of parking and toilets at the trailhead.

2 months ago

Cool short hike. The only problem is since it’s so short, it’s very popular so you can’t really hike your speed because of the crowd.

2 months ago

nice

hiking
2 months ago

Overall, an easy hike through the sequoias to the stair climb. Beautiful views of the valley all through out the trail and tons of wild life. The stair climb can be difficult but their are plenty of places to stop and break and enjoy the views before reaching the insane panoramic views at the top. Get their early before it gets busy to truly appreciate it :)

2 months ago

Amazing view.

2 months ago

allegaste a otro planeta..

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views! Well worth the climb!

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months 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 lot, so 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

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

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

Tip: Check the weather prior to climbing.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

It was great

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Short hike with lots of stairs

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

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