When you think of Sequoia National Park, you probably think of the giant forest and the huge trees, but definitely do not pass up on Moro Rock! As a collective, The Wild Mile has been to Sequoia National Park a total of 5 times in the past half year. One of our favorite things to do at Sequoia is hike Moro Rock. Moro Rock is a granite dome rock formation that is located around the center of Sequoia National Park. Granite dome rock formations could be found all around the Sierra Nevada, including the famous Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.
The hike from Moro Rock Trailhead is about a 1/4 mile one way trip to the peak. It consists of about 400 steps through an elevation gain of 300 feet. This hike will take you about 40 minutes to complete roundtrip, but be sure to take your time and take breaks if you feel winded because of the high elevation.
On Moro Rock you have a stunning 360-degree panoramic view! On the left you could see The Giant Forest, and on the right The Great Western Divide and the valleys in-between.
To get to the Moro Rock trailhead, turn off the Generals Highway and head east on Crescent Meadow Road (right near The Giant Forest Museum) for about 1.5 miles on the narrow switchbacks. Then turn right to the parking area beneath Moro Rock The road to Moro rock is closed in the winter and requires a 2-mile hike. In the summer the road is only open on the weekdays and during the weekends the road is closed and a shuttle could be used. The closest shuttle stop to Moro Rock is located at The Giant Forest Museum and comes about every 10 minutes.
Things to note:
Distance: ¼ mile from Moro Rock Trail Head – about 400 steps
Elevation gain: 300 feet
Time: About 40 minutes round trip
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate Take your time, elevation is above 7000 feet and you may get winded. Pets are not permitted on any trails within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Not recommended when thunder and lightening are in the area! Trail is dangerous when covered in snow or ice and not recommended.
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