Moro Rock is a short and popular hiking trail located in Sequoia National Park. The hike is well known for it’s dome like appearance and panoramic view of the Sierra Mountains to the Central Valley. For anyone who is traveling into Sequoia National Park, this short stop is highly recommended addition to any itinerary.
Hiking Moro Rock Trail
If you’re entering Sequoia National Park via Highway 198 through the Ash Mountain entrance, you might notice a prominent granite peak looming high above the canyons below. This towering dome structure is Moro Rock. Moro Rock is one of the flagship and most easily accessible granite domes within Sequoia National Forest. Although this National Park isn’t known for its domes like Yosemite is, the park does contain a handful of them with Moro Rock being the most popular.
Moro Rock is popular because of its ease of access and it’s concrete and stone stairway that leads to the top edge. The top edge offers panoramic views of nearby peaks, the canyons below, and The Great Western Divide – large prominent mountain peaks within the Sierra that help separate Kings Canyon from Sequoia. The trail leading up to the top of Moro Rock was designed by the National Park Service and built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and allows visitors to take in the surrounding sights.
The trail itself is winds just over three hundred and fifty steps around morrow rock and to the peak. Those with extreme sensitivity to heights should take comfort in the fact that the majority of the trail is lined with large boulders and a handrail. With that said, be mindful of where your feet are because a slip and fall would likely result in death. If you have kids, please also keep them close to your side.
During the summer months there is a is a shuttle that runs from the Giant Forest Museum to the Moro Rock Parking Area. On the weekends the road is closed so the only way to access Moro Walk is to catch the free shuttle or walk about one mile from the museum back to the parking area. During the winter, the trail can often be closed due to ice or hazardous conditions. Please use caution during thunderstorms. Moro Rock is completely exposed granite and one wouldn’t want to get struck by lightning.
On A Personal Note:
I highly recommend taking the shuttle to the trail and not walking up the road from the Giant Museum if at all possible. This will save you time for other things to do while in the park. Fire season can hinder the views of the towering 13,000 foot plus mountains to the east and of the valleys below. I’ve caught the views from Moro Rock during clear winter skies and smoky summer days. This peak is without a doubt best viewed on a clear day but regardless, I would still place it on the to do list.
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