Moro Rock Trail

MODERATE 288 reviews
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Moro Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Fir, 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

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.

5 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
6 days ago

Crowded but worth the view.

20 days ago

Scary ?

hiking
22 days ago

If you love grand views of mountain ranges and valleys than the summit of Moro Rock trail will not disappoint you. The hike is extremely crowded, and parking is scarce but the fight to get the top of this short 0.4-mile trail will be well worth it once you finally see the view. This trail has some slight rock climbing which helped add a little more character.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful little look out. The parking lot is right at the base of this thing. Not hard at all. Sunrises up there are stunning!

hiking
1 month ago

The best view ever!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a shorter hike, but still worth wild. The view at the end was incredible.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First time hike. It’s really steep but so worth it. There are pit stops so you can regain your breath. It’s pretty view of the mountains. Would love to go again

hiking
1 month ago

Great view and intriguing trail!

1 month ago

one of the best views of the different colors over the sky. i was able to see some very distinct shade of blue, navy amd even green. The sunset was purely breathtaking and we just sat there in peace and in awe of nature's beauty

1 month ago

I went on Saturday and I’m a total beginner haha It was super cloudy/foggy and a bit steep for me since just starting out but was super cool to climb. beautiful and a bit spooky due to weather- loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail up and down. Better when there are less people. It tends to get crowded and the path is narrow. My wife and I went recently and it was misty and cold but still a great, short hike.

1 month ago

This just has to be done in Sequoia National Park. It is a steep climb but so worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome views in all directions! Stairs make it easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Probably one of the easiest trails you can hike. The trail has carved out stairs the whole way up and the view of the Sierra’s is amazing. Plus you can check out the Red Woods along the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Awesome views. Go early am to avoid crowds.

1 month ago

Great place for sunset!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Not too difficult. My wife and I competed this trail in December 2017, including the steps leading up to Moro Rock. it was a bit chilly but this trail definitely warms you up for the stairs. Beautiful views. Far enough from civilization to feel like you're in the middle of nowhere but close enough to the main road just in case. Highly recommended.

2 months ago

Did this hike in October after buy our first hike boots!!! What a view from the top of the rock!!! Thankful there were railings. That’s a steep climb

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