Moro Rock Trail

Sequoia National Park, California 93262

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain994ft
Trailhead Elevation6,543ft
Top6,657ft
Elevation Min/Max6440/6657ft
Elevation Start/End6543/6543ft

Moro Rock Trail

Moro Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 6,543 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 994 feet. The Colonel Young Tree tree, the Auto Log attraction, and Moro Rock Parking and another parking can be seen along the trail. There are also restroom and a viewpoint along the trail. The trail ends near the Moro Rock (elevation 6,726 feet) viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Bear Hill Trail and Hanging Rock Trail.

Moro Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike climbs to the top of Moro Rock at its 6,725-foot summit. The prominent, oblong granite dome juts out from the 4,000-foot canyon wall at the edge of the Giant Forest Plateau. Atop the massive monolith are awesome panoramic views that include the canyons of the Middle Fork and Marble Fork of the Kaweah River, the serpentine Generals Highway snaking its way down to the foothills, the scalloped ridge of the Great Western Divide, the 9,081-foot jagged spires of Castle Rocks, the Giant Forest Plateau and the San Joaquin Valley. The trail has interpretive displays about the geologic and human history, including a map at the summit identifying the many distant peaks and valleys."

"A sharp granite nubbin extending from the lip of the Giant Forest plateau, Moro Rock protrudes thousands of feet above the Kaweah River gorge. A narrow runway atop its prow offers superlative views of the jagged Great Western Divide."

"This 4-plus-mile loop across the Giant Forest plateau is definitely the long way to the extraordinary view from the top of the exfoliated granite dome of Moro Rock, but hikers should enjoy a modicum of serenity before reaching the tourist mecca at the midpoint. Every summer day, hundreds of tourists trek via shuttle bus or private automobile along the narrow Crescent Meadow Road to the parking lot, and then huff and puff their way up the quarter- mile stairway climb to the top of Moro Rock. Restrooms, interpretive displays, and steel railings lend a decidedly civilized feel to Moro Rock, counter to what you should find on the rest of this trip. To avoid the biggest crowds, visit in spring or fall."

"This hike circles the west end of Giant Forest past numerous groves of giant sequoias, including Tunnel Log, Roosevelt Tree and Triple Tree. A short side path leads to Hanging Rock, a saucer-shaped boulder suspended on a large rock ledge overlooking the canyons of the Middle Fork and Marble Fork of the Kaweah River."

"Hale Tharp and his stepson were the first settlers to scale Moro Rock in 1861. In modern times, hundreds of tourists attempt to walk to the top every summer day via the 350 steps built in 1931, which were subsequently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The view from the top of the dome of the Great Western Divide and the canyon of Middle Fork Kaweah River, although not as pristine as the days of Tharp due to the persistent smog from the San Joaquin Valley, is still remarkable.

Find the start of the Moro Rock Trail across from the parking lot. The winding, occasionally switchbacking trail climbs 300 feet to the top via rock ramps and 350 rock steps built in 1931. Interpretive displays on the way allow tourists unaccustomed to the 7,000-foot elevation the chance to catch their breath, and steel railings attempt to keep them safe. The trail eventually crests the top of the dome, from where an incredible view unfolds."

"This hike takes you to excellent views from the summit of 6,725-foot Moro Rock and to mysterious Hanging Rock. This trek begins by following the slender path north, past a trail sign that gives mileages to various destinations, along the turbulent Marble Fork of the Kaweh.

The trail begins an ascent of many switchbacks, first through the shade of oaks, cedars, firs, and dogwoods, then, at about 0.6 mile, across a more exposed slope of overgrown bear clover. The trail reenters the shade in sugar pines and continues up a a few more switchbacks. At about 1.4 miles you will gain a view of Little Baldy to the northwest, and of Mount Silliman through the trees and to the northeast."

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Trail Information

Sequoia National Park
Nearby City
Sequoia National Park
Parks
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min. Giant Forest
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Jul 2018