Elevation: 5,926 ft
GPS: 36.544, -118.765 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dave Daly on Nov 6, 2007
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Always check SEKI road conditions and peregrine closures Details

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!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Moro Rock (SEKI)

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 9
Stair Trek
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
South Face
Trad 8 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Between the Thighs
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 4
Ladies on Top
Trad 5 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 13
There's always room for Jello
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 23
Pennies On The Patio
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 12
South Cracks
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Arc of a Biner
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Bear Damage
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Digging in the Dirt
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Aerial Boundaries
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 7
Levity's End
Trad 7 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Enigma
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Modern Guilt
Trad 10 pitches
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Meteora
Trad 8 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Stair Trek E Face
 9
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
South Face S Face
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 8 pitches
Between the Thighs W Face
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Ladies on Top E Face
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 5 pitches
There's always room for Jello E Face
 13
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pennies On The Patio W Face
 23
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
South Cracks S Face
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Arc of a Biner E Face
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Bear Damage E Face
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Digging in the Dirt W Face
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Aerial Boundaries W Face
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Levity's End W Face
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 7 pitches
Enigma W Face
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Modern Guilt W Face
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 10 pitches
Meteora W Face
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 8 pitches
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