Moro Rock Trail

MODERATE 387 reviews
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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 currently closed. 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
1 day 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.

21 days ago

Not really a hike but the view is breathtaking

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome views!

hiking
22 days ago

Short climb up to the top for views of the Sierra's and the Valley floor. Gets crowded at sunset. Pro Tip: Go right after the sun goes down - everyone leaves, you still get soft light and usually you have the top of yourself to view the city lights below and stars above. On a full moon, the mountain range behind you really light up!

nature trips
25 days ago

Grateful to those who crafted this amazing feat with stairs, bars, etc. so that generations can climb and enjoy the beautiful views! A definite must if you're in the Sequioa Forest!

29 days ago

Nice, short hike. The views are awesome.

1 month ago

Nice and quick hike up with some beautiful views at the top.

1 month ago

The views are just stunning. And the trail is well supported with handrails and rock walls so it’s doable even for someone like myself who’s not great with heights. I’d suggest doing it in the early evening, to avoid the worst of the crowds. We were there about 6pm on a weekday during late June and there were still lots of people on the trail, but not too many.

hiking
1 month ago

not long but amazing views on the way to the top!

1 month ago

Beautiful and worth the effort!

1 month ago

Nice bit of engineering to create a path to the top. But views are meh!

1 month ago

A little heavy breathing for someone who doesn’t get to hike as often as I’d like. So worth the effort to the top! Despite the height, felt safe with the railing and design of steps with grooves in places for better traction. A little narrow in spots, so need to let groups by when ascending or descending. Created good opportunities to catch your breath though.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful uphill hike! Not long at all. Highly recommend. The view at the top is worth all the heavy breathing!

1 month ago

What a view! Great hike

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike so much! it was a beautiful hike and a beautiful view. My 9 and 11 year old did a great job.

hiking
2 months ago

Short trail that offers great views. The trail is mostly stairs and grooves in the rock for more grip. It does get narrow to the point that only one person could go through, so remember ascent has right-of-way. The trail should not be difficult if you're in decent shape, but others were breathing relatively heavily.

hiking
2 months ago

Need to admit I was expecting a "angel landing" (Zion) king of experience, but it's more like stairs up to a rock. It's giving a nice view of the valley but there is so much nicer around there

2 months ago

good but short

2 months ago

Such an amazing view! Gets crowded around noon - go in the morning to avoid lots of tourists!

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Most of the way up is stairs. Very tiring, and at some points pretty narrow. If you’re in decent shape, it’s no big deal. Incredible view!

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful view! for a little longer challenge start the trail from the museum, it's a beautiful, easy trail getting to moro rock

hiking
2 months ago

Best Hike ever! Definitely moderate type but the view up there is breath taking.

2 months ago

A must do, the snow capped peaks were sweeT.

2 months ago

Short and very sweet! Amazing spot to watch the sun rise over the mountains.

2 months ago

Foggy

2 months ago

The views are unbelievable - worth going up all the way! The stairs do get tiring but I'd call it moderate. Coming back down is very quick.

2 months ago

Beautiful view ... well worth the time greeting up early and watching the sunrise. If you are up for a long day and a journey, get up early and watch the sunrise at Moro Rock. Then proceed to the coast and watch the sunset at Morro Rock.

This is even more beautiful in the winter. You will need a pair of snow shoes and hike from the museum. Well worth the hike in the snow. Gorgeous!!!

2 months ago

Great short hike from the museum to Moro Rock through some Sequoia Trees and great mountain peak views. Only wish is that the railings when you get to Moro Rock were just slightly higher and all the way up.

3 months ago

Intense!! Feels great being at the top of the park. Cant wait to come back and do it on a clear summer night.

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