Moro Rock is well worth the climb for its views over the park and the high Sierra's in the distance. To get there you can either take a shuttle from the Giant forest Museum or take a 1 1/2 mile hike. Once at the trail hed its 600 stes up to the peak.
Besides the pictographs, Native American bedrock mortars, exhibits on Native American history, a trail to the Kaweah River, and a picnic area, Hospital Rock also has a different view of Moro Rock. From here, Moro Rock seems less like a perfectly shaped dome and more like a disfigured giant thumb. However, this view of the rock is still beautiful, if different.
Moro Rock is the most easily accesible panoramic view of the entire park. This granite dome, over 6,000 high, towers over the Middle Fork Kaweah Canyon and gives impressive views from the San Joaquin Valley to the peaks of the Great Western Divide. A staircase climbs 300 feet to the top. The trail leading up the rock is about 1/2-mile round trip. This is not a trail for those with a fear of heights. At the top, the panoramic view includes the Siliman Crest, Alta Peak, Triple Divide Peak, Mt. Stewart, Eagle Scout Peak, Sawtooth Peak, and Castle Rocks. The view is best at sunset, when the Great Western Divide is lit with beautiful alpenglow.
Moro rock is a 6,700 foot tall granite slab. There's a series of about 400 steps which lead to the top. Its a nice walk up and the view from the peak can extend to 100 miles on a clear day. Even if the Cascade Range isn't visible the view of the valley below is a nice one.
My oh my, what a fantastic 360 degree view of the area, and before you is the Great Western Divide. From here, you can also look down on the tops of the sequoias you were once craning at from the ground.
Start climbing the stone stairway of nearly 400 steps, which caress Moro. Your 300 foot ascent will take you to an elevation of 6,725 feet, which is about 4,000 feet above the canyon floor. Wow! Imagine the views you'll see from here.
This monolith rises 5000 feet over the valleys and foorhills leading up to Sequoia National Park. The visitos center at the south entrance of Sequoia is 1700 feet above sea level. Moro Rock reaches a height of 6725 feet above sea level. It is about a fifteen mile drive from the visitor center to the trailhead for Moro Rock--I belive there are probably 278 switchbacks that must be navigated in that 15 miles. Needless to say, the views from Moro Rock are tremendous. However, on the day we visited forest fires impeded visibility significantly.
Moro Rock stands like a silent sentinel keeping watch over the Kaweah River Valley far below, its foreboding presence fills your front windowscreen all the way up the many switchbacks and dizzying hairpin turns as the road into the park clings to the very sides of the surrounding cliffs.
Once you reach the top of the road, there is a turn off just before the Giant Forest Museum for the Moro Rock.
There is a parking area for Moro Rock from where you can take a steep 1/4 mile staircase that climbs over 300' (91.4 meters) to the summit of this massive granite dome.
From the top you will have spectacular views of the western half of Sequoia National Park and the Great Western Divide. This chain of mountains runs north/south through the center of Sequoia National Park, "dividing" the watersheds of the Kaweah River to the west and the Kern River to the east.
Also on the eastern side of the divide is Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. Unfortunately, because many of the snowcapped peaks in the Great Western Divide reach altitudes of 12,000' (3657 meters) or higher, it is impossible to see over them to view Mt. Whitney from Moro Rock. The summit of Alta Peak, a strenuous 7-mile hike from the Wolverton picnic area, is the closest place from which to see Mt. Whitney.
A little further along from Moro Rock is the famous 'Tunnel Log', where you can drive underneath a fallen Sequoia.
Please consider hiking in this great environment. Lots of great trails, just get a map at the entrance.
Also, people would enjoy hiking up Moro Rock for the views.
taking a quarter mile trail, you can climb nearly 400 steep steps to the top of the barren rock.
at the visitor centre she told us to do this.
the view was great
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