Oh boy, Moro Rock, elevation 6,400-6,700 feet! Follow the 1/3 mile staircase from the parking lot. You will ascend more than 300 feet to finally reach the summit of Moro Rock. As I made my way up the rock face I was greeted with beautiful panoramas of the Great Western Divide. Awesome! This hike is moderate and took about 20 minutes (minus the time it took me to stop and enjoy the view). Sweet!
If it wasn’t such a foggy day, I would have been able to see the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River which is about 4,000 feet below. Instead, I got this beautiful, ethereal, foggy view. No complaints here.
The Moro Rock hike consists of a series of switchbacks and 353 granite steps to the summit. It is easy in parts and steep in others.
If you are afraid of heights, do not look down as you make your final climb to the summit. I was nearly there, forgot, and looked down. Lost my nerve and turned back towards the lower landing. Janice went all the way to the top and took this photo from above. Yes, that’s me, chicken, who turned back when shy just about 20-25 steps to the summit. Maybe next time I’ll make it to the top? I’m coming back to conquer you, Moro Rock (and maybe get a clear view of the river and valley in the canyon below).
For more information on Moro Rock, visit the Sierra Nevada Geotourism site: http://www.sierranevadageotourism.org/content/moro-rock-sequoia-national-park/sie517345097B27D7BA5
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