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Climb Moro Rock

People stand along the narrow ridge of Moro Rock, surrounded by railing. Photo Paul Johnson

As you enter Sequoia National Park, Moro Rock looms overhead, thousands of feet above the highway. This massive granite dome juts out from a ridgeline at the edge of the Giant Forest, offering great views.

To get the full experience, take the 350-step staircase all the way to the top. As you ascend, the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada peaks become visible. As you climb, panoramic views open up from the foothills and San Joaquin Valley to the west, to deep into wilderness to the east. If you dare, look over the railing to see the Kaweah River and the Generals Highway, thousands of feet below you. The spectacular, 360-degree view is well worth the strenuous staircase climb to the top.

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. 

Moro Rock is located on the Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road, 1 mile (1.6 km) from its entrance at the Giant Forest Museum. 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 be full.

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.

Details

Take your time as you climb. At this elevation, the steep climb can be difficult. 

Climb over 350 steps to the top of a granite dome along a concrete and stone stairway. At the top, views extend from the foothills to deep into park wilderness. On a clear day, you may even be able to see California's Coast Range.

Moro Rock is appropriate for all ages. There are steep dropoffs; keep children close to you and stay inside railings.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Moro Rock lies along the Giant Forest's Moro Rock / Crescent Meadow Road. The road begins at Giant Forest Museum. In summer, the road is closed during the busiest times of day and you can access features along the road on a free shuttle.

The stairway is closed when it is snowy or icy.

People admire views from within the narrow railing at the top of Moro Rock. Photo courtesy of Paul Johnson.
The top of Moro Rock. Photo by Paul G. Johnson

Last updated: July 31, 2020