This short hike takes you to the summit of a granite monolith, and some of the most spectacular views that Sequoia National Park has to offer.

When driving up the General Highways from Three Rivers, Moro Rock is hard to miss. As you wind your way up the road,  you will notice a giant granite rock that protrudes from the edge of the Giant Forest and hovers above the Kaweah River. It's striking!

The hike to the top of Morro Rock begins at the trailhead parking lot; about two miles down Crescent Meadow Road. Follow the stone steps along the back side of the rock, and after climbing about 300 feet in 1/4 mile, you will arrive at the summit. Parts of the trail are steep and narrow, but easily passable by using the handrails and being courteous to other hikers. Once you reach the summit, the panoramic views are hard to beat! 

Note: Crescent Meadow Road is closed in winter, but Moro Rock is still accessible by parking at the Giant Forest Museum and following the two-mile road down to the trailhead. Just be sure to check with the Rangers at the visitors center to see if the conditions for climbing the stairs are safe, as they can get icy!

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Camera
  • Water and Snacks
  • Micro Spikes/Snowshoes and Trekking Poles (Winter)
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RT Distance 0.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 300 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Easy Parking


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