Moro Rock Trail

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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

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
20 days ago

Quick, great trail. Did it Saturday, 11/16/19. Not too crowded. Drove right up to the trailhead. Viewed the hazy mountains and sunset in the horizon.

hiking
no shade
rocky
27 days ago

Phenomenal views!! Quick and easy stair climb. If you’re tall watch your head on the overhanging rock faces.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome. Short. Fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick 15 minutes hike with mainly steps. Views are incredible at the top. We timed it so we arrived for sunset. Highly recommended!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!! So pretty!! Quick hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Worth every step!

Easy and fun

hiking
1 month ago

great views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Highly recommended. We went just before Sunset and it was starting to get crowded at the top, it was breath taking. I have bad knees and a fear of heights, this was my challenage. There were people of all ages hiking to the top, my 5 and 12 year old included. It was worth the challenge.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Perfect spot for an amazing sunset!! Easy hike (very short) but obviously straight up. Excellent views of the valleys and sunset and much less crowded in the evening!

hiking
1 month ago

The view is impressive. Prepare to be patient, a lot of people but worth it. Can not imagine how it is in summer...

hiking
1 month ago

Great view and easy hike. I think you can get comparable views with a lot less traffic elsewhere. The crowds were difficult to navigate even in the off-season.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the Giant Forest trail to Moro Rock and Returned in the Soldiers Trail. Great views the entire hike. Moro was crowded mid day on a Sunday, but everyone had space and were great about the tight areas on the steps. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a little apprehensive to try this at first, as the knees like to complain on stairs, but once adrenaline kicked in, off I went. This was a wonderful, unique hike, and the views were spectacular!! People of all ages and sizes were going up, only a few turned back due to the steepness of stairs, but overall most made it. Afraid of heights? This might be your cure!! Go at your own pace, and take time to pause where there’s room, and take in the beautiful views. You will be glad you did this!! Can’t wait to go again next year!

hiking
1 month ago

Just praising w/ others. Truly worthy kinda of climb. Amazing views. Stay to your own pace and you’ll get to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in the middle of October. Perfect weather. Little busy. Recommend going first thing in the morning. Also recommend parking at the giant museum and making the 1.5 mile hike to Moro Rock.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

An extremely cool hike. It's very well protected with hand rails and stones making an otherwise exposed climb of a Sierra granite dome accessible to many. Our 3 year old son was able to navigate this route both up and down, without an episode, and it felt safe to both his parents. The views were great.

hiking
2 months ago

6/30/19 We got early at Giant Forest Museum around 7:30am where we parked our car. That’s where you can take the shuttle going up to the Moro Rock Trail point but we didn’t take the shuttle, instead we hiked the 1.7 mile trail for 30 mins which I highly recommend, the trail was beautiful with big trees, flowers, water spring and more to explore. You’ll see the big white sign of Moro Rock to start. The Moro Rock was steeped with hand rails, another level of stair master but when you got to the top, it was spectacular and be sure to go up there early, you want to enjoy the view with less people. At 8:30am, it was the perfect time. Going back to the Giant Forest Museum, we didn’t take the shuttle again. We did the other side trail which is Bear Hill Trail for less than 2 miles and it was beautiful too. I would love to go back to these trails again.

walking
2 months ago

Easy paved stairs with 400 steps. Very safe with all the fences around. Good for the entire family. The point of view at the top and the informative signs are very interesting. A must do in the park because it is short, even if it is overcrowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Crowded spot with paved trail and railings. A short steep walk ends in spectacular views

hiking
2 months ago

Not that much exertion for absolutely spectacular views!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful view

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful! Easy hike

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is in very good condition with steps and handrails. However, because of the elevation difference in a short span, it can be difficult for those less fit. I walk on a regular basis but had to pace myself due to the elevation but was able to get to the top. My husband made it a little passed the halfway point because of his knees. The view is spectacular!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, but do not bring beginners, its pretty steel and uphill all the way there.

hiking
2 months ago

I recommend this short but intense hike. I too am anxious with heights, but I said what the heck, I can always turn around. The hand rails kept me feeling safe enough, I was just careful not to look down unless I was stopped in a safe location. Fun! Just go slow, you’ll love the view from the top. I did this on September 24th, a Tuesday. I can imagine the experience might be different if the trail was super packed.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and sweet. The steps lead to a great vantage point. Handrails all along for those who are afraid of heights.

hiking
2 months ago

These 350 steps were killer for me I had to stop and catch my breathe twice but the views made it worth it. Crowded, can’t imagine what it would have been like peak season. I am also afraid of heights but it was good with the rails to ease my fear.

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