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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.
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!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Moro Rock (SEKI):
Direct East Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b A2 Aid, 4 pitches, 600'
South Face 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 6 pitches
South Cracks 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Pennies On The Patio 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 100'
Flight of Stares 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Bear Damage 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 75'
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South Face 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b CA : Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP : Moro Rock (SEKI)
A local climber once told me, "If the South Face of Moro Rock was positioned so that it was close to the road, people would be taking ticker tapes and waiting in line.....it's a real classic climb." For gentlemen of the Sierra Club like Carl Jensen, bagging the first ascent of South Face in the infancy of rock climbing was a plucked gem long cherished and rarely shared. For those who want to experience the beauty of such a gem, there's a little work to be done. And I'm sure back in 1939, patienc...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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