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Moro Rock (SEKI)

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Aerial Boundaries T 
Arc of a Biner T 
Bear Damage S 
Between the Thighs T 
Digging in the Dirt T 
Direct East Face 
Flight of Stares T 
Full Metal Jacket 
Holy Grail T 
Ladies on Top T 
Levity's End T 
Lizards Kiss, The T 
Modern Guilt T 
Offramp T 
Pennies On The Patio T,TR 
South Cracks T 
South Face T 
Stair Trek T 
There's always room for Jello S 

Moro Rock (SEKI) Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,725'
Location: 36.5442, -118.7642 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Dave Daly on Nov 6, 2007
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Description 

Not to be confused with Morro Rock in the California costal town of Morro Bay, Moro Rock is the most climbed summit in Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, undoubtedly because the car-to-car distance on the standard route is a mere 1/4 mile, with a climb of 300 feet. The rock itself is a granite exfoliating dome of the same variety as that of Half Dome and Mount Starr King. Moro Rock protrudes into the massive canyon of the Kaweah River, just far enough to produce marvelous views of the Great Western Divide and the striking granite flanks of The Fin and The Castle Rock Spires, to the east.

While the stairs of the "standard route" are a marvel of engineering, blasted as they are right into the Sierra Nevada granite, this little stroll itself is not worthy objective of Mountain Project technical climbers. What is worthy is the rock's 1000-foot+ sheer walls, boasting a myriad of climbing routes upon its flanks, mostly free climbs with some aid routes interspersed. Surprisingly, there is little information on the internet, compared to the more popular climbs of Yosemite. However, if you're a climber that is more keen to less populated lines, Moro Rock will not disappoint the avid adventurist.

Getting There 

From the south entrance on the Generals Highway (Hwy 198), drive up to the Giant Forest area (20 miles). Turn right onto a small road that is signed for Moro Rock, Cresent Meadows, and The Auto Log. Follow the road for 1 mile. Signs are marked to show direction to Moro Rock. Park at the established parking lot. Ensure you lock your vehicle and remove food and scented items as this is a frequented area by not only people but bears alike!

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.6 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',4],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',5],['5.11',0],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Moro Rock (SEKI)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Moro Rock (SEKI):
Direct East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2     Aid, 4 pitches, 600'   
South Face   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 8 pitches   
Pennies On The Patio   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   
South Cracks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   
Flight of Stares   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Arc of a Biner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Digging in the Dirt   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Bear Damage   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Levity's End   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   
Modern Guilt   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 10 pitches, 1200'   
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Featured Route For Moro Rock (SEKI)
Rock Climbing Photo: Submitted by Dave Daly

South Cracks 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : Moro Rock (SEKI)
An alternative start to South Face(5.7+) that follows a series of cracks that range from hands, fingers, and some seamage that'll put you out onto the face for a bit offering no pro for encouragement. The Third pitch is mostly wandering the path of least resistance to get to Jungle ledge. After the third pitch, follow South Face the rest of the way up from the ledge before the south chimney(Jungle Ledge). There's one bolt at the end of pitch one....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Moro Rock (SEKI) Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: High up on the South Face route, a runout out face...
High up on the South Face route, a runout out face...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Ivanic on Condor Watch Ledge.
Jason Ivanic on Condor Watch Ledge.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking to the east form the top. From Angel Wings...
Looking to the east form the top. From Angel Wings...
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying a variation of 'Pennies On The Patio' (5....
Enjoying a variation of 'Pennies On The Patio' (5....
Rock Climbing Photo: Josh Van Aalst tries his hand at 'Pennies On The P...
Josh Van Aalst tries his hand at 'Pennies On The P...
Rock Climbing Photo: The last rap to the base of the west face of Moro ...
The last rap to the base of the west face of Moro ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Driving up to Moro in the early morning.
Driving up to Moro in the early morning.
Rock Climbing Photo: a Moro Rock bivy
a Moro Rock bivy
Rock Climbing Photo: the Route is Ladies on Top. 5.8 trad. 4 pitches. S...
the Route is Ladies on Top. 5.8 trad. 4 pitches. S...
Rock Climbing Photo: greg follows the 1st pitch of south cracks. moro r...
greg follows the 1st pitch of south cracks. moro r...
Rock Climbing Photo: Moro Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Moro Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mary Teetaman, one of Sequoia's rangers, scans for...
Mary Teetaman, one of Sequoia's rangers, scans for...
Rock Climbing Photo: John Barbella enjoys the classic 'South Cracks' (5...
John Barbella enjoys the classic 'South Cracks' (5...
Rock Climbing Photo: south cracks moro rock
south cracks moro rock
Rock Climbing Photo: South Chimney 5.10b
South Chimney 5.10b
Rock Climbing Photo: The west face of Moro Rock
BETA PHOTO: The west face of Moro Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Damage on the East Face
Bear Damage on the East Face
Rock Climbing Photo: the west face of Moro Rock.  Sequoia NP CA.
the west face of Moro Rock. Sequoia NP CA.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Link (5.6) on the NW face Moro
The Link (5.6) on the NW face Moro
Rock Climbing Photo: Moro Rock approach
Moro Rock approach
Rock Climbing Photo: Moro rock on a wonderful November day.
Moro rock on a wonderful November day.
Rock Climbing Photo: South Corner 5.8 south face Moro rock
South Corner 5.8 south face Moro rock

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By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Dec 15, 2008
Moro Rock is a unique combination of giants, both trees and cliffs. Bring some giant rope (200m static) and you might find top-rope-solo heaven. I did two rappel/climbs, besides Pennies on the Patio, with a measly 100m rope. Hop over the rail and head south along the summit ridge to get away from crowds and lessen the potential for tossed objects.

Nice coin-op showers at the Lodgpole visitor's center too. About five times as many bears here as in Yosemite though.
By sam.f
From: Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 10, 2009
Wow this place looks incredible! What is the "typical" climbing season? Is there anywhere (guidebook or otherwise) I can get some more detailed route info? I'm fairly new to the area, and I wouldn't be opposed to anyone sending me a topo if there are any floating around...
By Spider Savage
Oct 21, 2010
Climb Moro Rock by the regular trail in the middle of the night for an awesome Giant Forest solitude experience. For added solitude go alone. This is on my top-5 list of things to do in Sequoia.
By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Apr 10, 2013
nps.gov/seki/parknews/upload/2...

Everything between and including full metal jacket and the south face closed from April 17th to August 30th (or until further notice) this year.
By limpingcrab
From: Visalia, CA
Apr 4, 2015
More at sekiclimbing.com
By fisherman
From: Central California
Apr 8, 2016
The annual closure is in effect. 4/1/16 to 8/15/16. All routes closed between South Face and Full Metal Jacket on the South and East faces.

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