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Areas in Moro Rock (SEKI)

East Face 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 8
South Face 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
West Face 11 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Elevation: 5,926 ft
GPS: 36.544, -118.765 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 45,180 total · 339/month
Shared By: Dave Daly on Nov 6, 2007
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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.

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!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moro Rock (SEKI)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Stair Trek
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2
Direct East Face
Aid 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
South Face
Trad 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Between the Thighs
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Ladies on Top
Trad 5 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
There's always room for Jello
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pennies On The Patio
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
South Cracks
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Arc of a Biner
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bear Damage
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Digging in the Dirt
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Levity's End
Trad 7 pitches
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Modern Guilt
Trad 10 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stair Trek E Face
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Direct East Face E Face
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2 Aid 4 pitches
South Face S Face
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 8 pitches
Between the Thighs W Face
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Ladies on Top E Face
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 5 pitches
There's always room for Jello E Face
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pennies On The Patio W Face
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
South Cracks S Face
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Arc of a Biner E Face
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Bear Damage E Face
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Digging in the Dirt W Face
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Levity's End W Face
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 7 pitches
Modern Guilt W Face
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 10 pitches
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Ken Trout
Golden, CO
Ken Trout   Golden, CO
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. Dec 15, 2008
Santa Cruz, CA
sam.f   Santa Cruz, CA
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... Jun 10, 2009
Spider Savage
Los Angeles, ID
Spider Savage   Los Angeles, ID
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. Oct 21, 2010
Visalia, CA
limpingcrab   Visalia, CA…

Everything between and including full metal jacket and the south face closed from April 17th to August 30th (or until further notice) this year. Apr 10, 2013
Visalia, CA
limpingcrab   Visalia, CA
More at Apr 4, 2015
Chad N
Central California
Chad N   Central California
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. Apr 8, 2016
Visalia, CA
limpingcrab   Visalia, CA
The peregrine closure went into effect April 1st. The good news: the closure only includes Couch Trip, Full Metal Jacket and the four routes between them. That means the south face and 78 of the 84 routes on Moro are open year round!

Please consult their website for changes and respect the closure so that the relationship between the park and climbers stays positive.

This is a big win as the South Face is the most popular route on the rock! Apr 21, 2017
Anybody know what the problem on Hanging Rock is? Adjacent to Moro Rock there's a slab with a boulder and one of the most incredible views I've ever seen. The problem is probably around V2, but I haven't seen any mention of it. Feb 16, 2018
Brian Prince
morro bay, ca
Brian Prince   morro bay, ca…

closure in effect. looks like south face is remaining open again Apr 17, 2018

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