|Range/Region:||Central and Southern California Ranges|
|Most recent eruption:||20 million years old|
|Convenient Center:||Morro Bay, CA|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Morro Rock, sometimes called the “Gibraltor of the Pacific,” is the last peak which extends from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay. Morro Rock is a rock monolith that was formed about 20 million years ago from the plug of a long-extinct volcano, and is a member of the “Nine Sisters” of volcanic plugs. Home to protected nesting peregrine falcons. Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years as it height of 581 feet made it the most visible in a chain of nine peaks. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named the rock “El Morro” in 1542. In Spanish "Morro" means crown shaped hill.
The Salinan and Chumash tribes considered Morro Rock to be a sacred site. The right of the Chumash people to climb Morro Rock for their annual solstice ceremony is now well established, but it is illegal for the general public to climb it.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.