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Climb Moro Rock

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.

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.

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

Paul G. Johnson

Details

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

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.

Last updated: January 17, 2017