“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.
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
What a steep and hard hike! But so worth the view in the end.
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.
This is the highlight of Sequoia National Park! One of the most epic views you will ever see and no camera in the world will do it justice, you just have to see it for yourself. Some days the view will be hazy as pollution from the Bay Area and LA will collect in the valley and make this view a little more obstructed than usual but it’s an incredible view nonetheless. The hike is pretty steep and my wife and I were both spent when we got to the top but 10000000% worth it.
Now that’s the stop to make! Take the shuttle from the museum because the hike up is something
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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