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Moro Rock Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a waterfall 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

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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
11 hours ago

Great views and a unique short hike

hiking
13 hours ago

I loved this trail. The steps get tiring but there is a place to stop and rest abt half ways to keep going. The way down was easy. There is a rail to hold on to. The view at the top is amazing!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome views! Definitely worth checking out. Not for those who are afraid of heights.

hiking
8 days ago

Gorgeous views! Loved every bit of it. Weather was perfect. Be careful of the flower bushes up the trail in the side cause plenty of bees. Even on a weekday it was pretty busy with travelers so definitely wear a mask cause the road up is pretty narrow. A bit of work if you’re not used to the altitude or doing stairs but it is doable and worth the climb!

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked up with three kids. They were fine, but certainly not for everyone. The view was worth it! Started around noon, the trail was very busy both ways. No way to maintain social distancing.

hiking
11 days ago

Come in early, u can enjoy it all for yourself. sunrise up there is amazing!

hiking
no shade
11 days ago

Great if you get there early!

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike, got there around 8:00am on a weekday and my wife and I had it to ourselves for a solid 15-20 minutes. Incredible views well worth the cardio going up. Great opportunity to get perspective on the area.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing! Definitely the best trail in the park. It starts out as a forest trail, then offers amazing views for miles. A must do whenever you are in Sequoia or Kings Canyon.

12 days ago

fantastic trail!! If the lot is full, park along the loop road leading up to Moro Rock. Very steep and very narrow at some points along the stairs. Impossible to maintain social distancing, I would recommend wearing a mask if you're concerned. Also overheard others complaining about the altitude and/or fear of heights, so be aware of that. I had no issues and loved this trail! incredible views from the top.

12 days ago

Spectacular hike with awesome views. But, this hike and the entire Sequoia Kings Canyon NP is getting over run by crowds. The General Sherman parking lot and trails were so crowded that it felt like Disneyland. If you’re planning to go, keep in mind that park entry wait times are long (the gates are open and staffed with rangers), parking is difficult to find, and the trails are over crowded.

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Amazing trail...steep climb up but was staggered and plenty of spots to take a breather and marvel at nature. The view from the top is nothing short of magical!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Luckily for me it wasn’t that crowded when we did the hike. The views are incredible, worth the quick 15 minute up!

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no shade
rocky
14 days ago

Amazing trail, takes around 20-25mins to get to the top! View from the top is spectacular :) Pretty steep, but easily doable. Can be a bit tiring for the elderly though. Tight passages in some parts of the trail, not much of social distancing can be practiced.

hiking
no shade
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Super cool hike with spectacular views! A steep but quick climb. However, there is NO way to practice social distancing here! We passed large groups of people and had to rub butts with strangers when passing at some points. The stairs are very narrow in certain places. And maybe 1% of people were wearing face masks. We also passed entitled people who just didn’t bother to yield to passerby’s. I feel like this place should not be open during a pandemic like other trails where you can easily distance yourself from others. I pulled up my buff when passing others and felt like I definitely got some looks. The mask is for you, not me. You’re welcome.

hiking
23 days ago

Did the 3 mile loop from the parking lot. Best tree loop in sequoia. Got super lucky the park was empty and had the trail all to myself. All trails shut off a few times on me. The trail is a lil over three miles. Easy stroll

hiking
26 days ago

There are lots of stairs but plenty of places to stop and catch your breath. definitely go on a sunny day if you can to enjoy the spectacular view.

hiking
26 days ago

pretty easy trail, the raise in elevation Is tough at first but super rewarding views. I would suggest bringing some layers its pretty chilly up top

hiking
28 days ago

June 5 2020 just spectacular but hazy! Go before everyone realizes the park is open. Not many people there and deer just waking around. Very Hard for me but I am a beginner and 58 but I was able to do it! Will be doing it again next year! Very narrow and steep. Not good for small kids. Some spots are are only wide enough for one person so traffic can be a problem with someone coming from the opposite direction.

closed
1 month ago

Google maps will tell you this is open and you can get there by making a 3hr trip around the Three Rivers entrance to Sequoia and going up through the Pinehurst area. all the signs in Kings Canyon and Sequoia will say that the park is available for drive through only. No pull offs. This is not the case, the Road is Closed Right after the entrance to the Montecito Lodge near the NordicSki Trailhead. The Park Rangers said the road used to be open for drive though during the park closure because of the Pandemic but due to people not adhering to the guidelines and camping and leaving trash behind, they closed the Road. They are planning to reopen the Road on June 4th, according to the Park Rangers.

hiking
1 month ago

Stairs are a bitch up the view is Incredible.

1 month ago

beautiful view ,short little hike

hiking
1 month ago

This was tough, especially in the fog! Very pretty views

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice views at the top. Took it slow with kids and felt safe all the way up. This was easy compared to some of the other trials we did in sequoia.. shuttle took us most of the way to the rock and all we had to do was take the steps up up and up.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, lovely views, not for those who are afraid of heights.

hiking
3 months ago

Cloudy but still had a great view

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail and great walking conditions

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Some ice but was turning to slush on Sunday the 23rd so should be cleared shortly. Rod is closed so just walk up the service road. Saw other people until about 9am

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