Moro Rock (SEKI) Rock Climbing
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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.
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.
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 For the Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP area.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Moro Rock (SEKI)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Moro Rock (SEKI):
South Face 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 8 pitches
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'
Featured Route For Moro Rock (SEKI)
Levity's End 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
: Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP
: Moro Rock (SEKI)
I wish I could make the title say 5.10 safe, 5.7R because the crux takes all the gear you want. Great line directly up the center of a great formation! Really fun climb with thin face, knobs, cracks, off-width, and everything in between. The crux is very well protected, but some of the easier pitches are run out or rely on slinging knobs and some old bolts. Can be climbed for most of the year, but the road closes in winter and it may get too hot for wusses from the coast in the summer. P1: C...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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.
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.
From: Visalia, CA
Apr 10, 2013
Everything between and including full metal jacket and the south face closed from April 17th to August 30th (or until further notice) this year.