A stairway leads to the top of a granite dome
The stairs going up Moro Rock

Randy Morse

From your vantage point on Moro Rock, marvel at the extent of the Great Western Divide, the grandest and most rugged part of the Sierra’s western slope. Nowhere else does the Sierra rise so quickly, nor so high, directly from the floor of the San Joaquin Valley.

With ten peaks over 13,500 feet, the Great Western Divide might inspire the adventurous to follow in the footsteps of legendary peak-bagger Norman Clyde. Clyde climbed Mt. Whitney at least 50 times. From 1914 to about 1940, he became the first to reach the tops of at least 126 Sierran peaks. Clyde Minaret near today’s Devils Postpile National Monument and Clyde Spires on the northeast boundary of Kings Canyon National Park are named for him.  

The Great Western Divide

A mountain range with sharp peaks against a blue sky

Raymond Rios

This view of the Great Western Divide from the top of Moro Rock spans from Black Kaweah to Mount Eisen.

Last updated: April 2, 2015