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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.

Length0.4 miElevation gain187 ftRoute typeOut & Back
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Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. 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.

Full facilities at the Giant Forest Museum (opens in May), there is parking near Moro Rock in the summer.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks 47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700 559-565-3341 For 24-hour recorded information. Speak with park staff on weekdays only 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

To get to the trailhead: Just south of the Giant Forest Museum, turn off the Generals Highway and head east on Crescent Meadow Road. After 1.5 miles, turn right and continue to the parking area beneath Moro Rock. Road to parking area is closed in winter. Directions to Sequoia National Park, Ash Mountain Entrance From the South Visalia, Distance: 36 mi, Time: 45 minutes Take CA-198 E to the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park. Los Angeles Area, Distance: 225 mi/362 km, Time: 4 hours Take any highway to I-5 N. Continue onto CA-99 N toward Bakersfield/Fresno. Take exit 96 onto CA-198 E towards Visalia. Continue to the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park. San Diego Area, Distance: 344 mi/538 km, Time: 5 hours, 50 minutes Take I-805 N or I-5 N to CA-99N toward Bakersfield/Fresno. Take exit 96 onto CA-198 E towards Visalia. Continue to the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park. Las Vegas, Distance: 400 mi/644 km, Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes Take I-15 S towards Los Angeles. Take exit 179 onto CA-58 W towards Bakersfield. In Bakersfield, continue onto CA-99 N toward Fresno. Take exit 96 onto CA-198 E towards Visalia. Continue to the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park. Death Valley National Park (West Entrance) Distance: 310 mi/499 km, Time: 5 hours 25 min Take CA-190 W to US-395 S and turn left. Continue onto CA-14S. Turn right at CA-58 W. Take the ramp onto CA-99 N. Take exit 96 onto CA-198 E towards Visalia. Continue to the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/driving-directions.htm

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Dylan Bell
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This trail is basically a long stair climb to the top of Moro Rock, with spectacular views. Tough but doable if you take frequent breaks. Be sure to also check out the nearby Hanging Rock Trail (less than 1/4 mile RT) to get a view OF Moro Rock, not just FROM Moro Rock.

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Alison Zuniga
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Maria Kobylkina
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Bob Littel
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Akshit Arora
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Matteo Grasso
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Erick Cruz
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4-5 cool spots to see in this trail. I did it in reverse to have lunch up on Moro rock, but don’t do that. The stairs are brutal as the last part. Great trail all the way through!

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Rose Bachelier
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So many Stairs! But so worth it. The view is beautiful. Don’t forget your hydration pack. Definitely going back.

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Ani Mishra
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This trail is stunning. Low effort and high reward. There is no ice on the stairs currently. Panaromic view at the top.

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Danielle Puleo
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Brad Baxter
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Very icy at the end of trail on Moro Rock. dangerous for young children and older people

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Mark Johnson
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Crystalynn Vang
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Beautiful and breathless view. Worth the walk of 2 miles down the road to the hike up the mountain! Just be aware of light snow on the road, it was slippery and some snow on the stair steps as well! Overall the hike was perfect and so much fun! Can’t wait to come back again.

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Sean O'Connor
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Beautiful!!

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charles owens
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Edward Wu
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David Longinetti
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This was a short hike up scenic trail. Some decided to stay back others continued on to a viewing area at the top(that has railings). Calling it a scenic overlook doesn’t do it justice especially coming from the east coast! It’s something spectacular to view and across the valley is a natural rock formation that’s named cathedral something or other(see pics)? Really nice start to Sequoia national forest. Make sure to pull off the road and take the short trail. You won’t regret it!!! https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/moro.htm

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Kevin Buchinski
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Allison Swoboda
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Liam Neill
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We hiked it twice today. It was so good we went back for sunset. Oh my. Amazing. We got the gift of seeing two guys repel and then climb back up.

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Alan Holty
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A narrow paved trail, very nice view

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David DeNasha
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it was a lot of stairs but worth the gorgeous scenery!

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Sam V
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Absolutely worth hike for the views and cardio vascular workout.

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Ryan Chaffin
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Amazing views. Highly recommend.

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Luis Outumuro
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Decent trail. 400 steps. Zero accessibility. Awesome view.

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Mathew Fiegleman
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Short trail to great views in all directions

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