Moro Rock#5 in Best Things To Do in Sequoia National Park
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This granite dome rewards hikers with a breathtaking view of the Great Western Divide and the western half of Sequoia National Park. Though there are about 400 steps that lead 300 feet up to the top, visitors declare it completely worth the workout to enjoy the amazing views at the summit. The hike can be a little strenuous, especially for anyone not used to the higher elevation. Handrails should be used and adults should keep an eye on children, as there are steep drop-offs. Make sure to bring water and take breaks when you need to.
How hard visitors have to work to get to Moro Rock depends on the season. In the summer, when the Moro Rock parking lot is typically open, travelers just have to climb the steps to reach the summit. Free shuttles also run from the Giant Forest Museum to the Moro Rock parking lot in the summer. If the lot is closed, which is often the case in the winter, then visitors are in for a 2-mile walk from the nearest parking area.
Access to Moro Rock is included in park admission. For more information about Moro Rock and other granite domes within the park, visit the National Park Service website.
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#1 Giant Forest
Visitors to the Giant Forest use a lot of the same words to describe it, including "awe-inspiring," "amazing" and a "must-see." The large sequoia grove is located between the Marble and Middle Forks of the Kaweah River and is home to more than 8,000 sequoias – the most of any other grove in the park.
Start your visit at the Giant Forest Museum, which offers an overview of the giant sequoias, meadows and human history in the region. The museum is housed in the historic Giant Forest market building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are a series of hikes in the Giant Forest, ranging from short one-hour jaunts to daylong treks; the National Park service lists a few on its website. Visitors recommend longer hikes, such as the Alta Trail or the High Sierra Trail, to escape the crowds, especially in the summer. The Redwood Canyon and Muir Grove also great places for longer treks. The Giant Forest is also home to the famous General Sherman Tree, the largest living sequoia in the world.
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