My Exchange #17 - Climbing up to the top of Moro Rock, my favorite view in California!
When people talk about Sequoia National Park in California they often mention the huge sequoia trees, some of the biggest trees in the world. But there is another gem in Sequoia National Park that you should definitely not miss if you are visiting the area. The gem is called Moro Rock and it is a huge dome rock formation that is rising up from a forest of giant trees. The climb up to the top reveals a gorgeous view of snowy mountains on one side and endless hills and valleys on the other side. Do not miss the video of the panoramic view from the top of the rock at the end of this post!
We stopped on the way up to Sequoia National Park to have a look at the view and rest. The roads up the mountain are very curvy but our 1997 Dodge Van made it up without any trouble. The following two pictures show the view of Moro Rock from beneath, as we saw it on the way up.
We also already had a glimpse of the view of the hills and the valleys and the snowy mountains, but nothing compared to what we were to see once we got to the top of the rock!
This is how close one can get to Moro Rock by car (as long as it is not snowing and the roads are open), as you can see it is not a long hike.
There is no need to be a rock climber to climb up this dome, since a stairway was built up to the top of the rock in the 1930's. There were children the age of three as well as older people around the age of 80 climbing up to the top of the rock when we were there, so I would say that it is a hike suitable for almost anyone.
If you look carefully you can see the people walking up the side of the rock!
The stairway does get a little steep and narrow at times so getting up and down can be a bit tricky on busier days, but there are several spots where one can rest and enjoy the view on the way!
This next picture is taken about half way up, this was actually my favorite part of the climb up! There was a nice little area where I could sit down and just enjoy the view. Is it not gorgeous? If you click on the picture you can see a dtube video of what it looked like to walk up on that rock and see the view on the other side!
If you look carefully you can also see the road that leads to Moro Rock winding up the side of the mountain. Some of the first pictures are taken from that curve in the lower left corner of the next picture!
Here is the view from the top of the rock! It was such a contrast with the snow and then the almost blue hills on the other side. This is still my favorite place with a view in California, and I cannot wait to go there again soon!
And finally click the picture for a Dtube video with a panoramic view from the top of Moro Rock! Enjoy!
some of the largest trees on the planet!