The climb up Moro Rock always offers a dramatic view. Throughout the seasons the natural environment changes and the view can be different each time you visit.
Distance: 0.6 miles round trip
Hiking time: 40 minutes
Once at the top you will feel as if you are on top of the world. Take your time at the top and when ready, head back down the way you came.
Park in the Hospital Rock parking lot and hike towards Buckeye Campground, unless you are already camping there.
Along the way you will see a diverse display of nature. A few examples of what you can expect to see are butterfly, manzanita, buckeye, yucca, and Castle Rocks.
Once you reach the campground look for site 28. At campsite 28 you will see a signed trail on the left. Follow that path and you will quickly see the river. Cross a footbridge and bear left heading upstream past pools and boulders. A short distance from the bridge you will come to Kaweah Falls.
The rivers in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are swift and dangerous. Always use caution when near the river.
Along this trail you will pass Hitchcock Meadow, a small scenic meadow surrounded by giant sequoia stumps. You will also pass Sequoia Creek along the way.
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
Hiking time: 1.5 hours
Chester, a 94-year-old Navy veteran, helped build the trail inside Crystal Cave in 1940. At age 17 Chester helped to open the cave to tourist before he went to fight in World War II. Over 70 years later Chester returns to see the cave he once worked on.
Chester's brother contacted SPC when Chester made the request to visit the cave he had worked on so many years ago. We made arrangements to make this happen. The Fresno City College football team helped to carry Chester down the steep and strenuous 1/2 mile trail to the cave.
Hosting an original Crystal Cave CCC member was an honor. We are happy to have been able to make this happen for Chester.
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For more information on Crystal Cave visit www.explorecrystalcave.com.
Sequoia Parks Conservancy, the official 501.c.3 nonprofit partner of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (National Park Service) and Lake Kaweah (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), uses tax-deductible contributions to support these parks.
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