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Moro Rock

Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers, California 93262 USA

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Fri 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Climb the stairs to this gorgeous view”

As you enter Sequoia National Park, Moro Rock looms overhead, thousands of feet above the highway. This large granite dome is a spectacular geologic feature that can be enjoyed from above or below. A concrete and stone stairway leads over 350 steps to the top of Moro Rock. Even just a short distance from the parking area and above the forests's canopy, the Great Western Divide's peaks become visible. As you climb, views open up from the foothills and San Joaquin Valley to the west, to deep into wilderness to the east. Handrails along the way make the climb relatively safe, though you should keep a close eye on small children because of steep dropoffs along the entire route. The hike can be strenuous; taking your time as you climb can help you adjust to the thinner air at higher elevations. In summer, free shuttles run from Giant Forest Museum to the Moro Rock parking area. On weekends, the road closes to private vehicles and shuttles are the only way to reach Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow. On weekdays, the road remains open, but the small parking area may fill. Peregrine falcons nest on Moro Rock in summer, and there are usually climbing closures for technical rock climbers to protect nests. These closures don't affect hikers using the stairway. In winter, Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road closes with snow. Though ski trails lead to the parking area, the stairway is closed due to the danger of the icy or snowy steps.

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Reviewed by
sienaallen

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
January 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

It's a short steep hike with lots of stairs, but it's definitely worth it! My mother and I ran up, soaked the views, and down in 20 minutes to catch the last shuttle so we didnt have to walk back

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Reviewed by
rbernardo

  • 2 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 26, 2014

What a steep and hard hike! But so worth the view in the end.

1 person found this review helpful

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Tatiana Danger

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August 31, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is a very short hike from the road, but it is steep. Though quite accessible for inexperienced hikers and it provides an unbelievable view. Just be prepared that it's a lot of stairs.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
powelljuly

  • 17 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 26, 2018
Rated 5.0

Now that’s the stop to make! Take the shuttle from the museum because the hike up is something

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Reviewed by
AnnaScottHackler

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 02, 2017
Rated 5.0

LOVED Moro Rock! Made our trip to the Sequoias even better! Steep with a lot of steps but so worth it.

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Moro Rock

Sequoia National Park
Three Rivers, California
93262 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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