Moran Lake Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Moran Lake Park


  • Mirror image at Moran Lake Park.- Moran Lake Park
  • The beach at Moran Lake Park.- Moran Lake Park
  • Where Moran Lake meets the beach.- Moran Lake Park
  • Moran Lake Park.- Moran Lake Park
  • Parking lot with restrooms.- Moran Lake Park
  • Mirror images at Moran Lake Park.- Moran Lake Park
  • A great spot to catch the sky on the lake.- Moran Lake Park
  • Eucalyptus trees line the walking trail.- Moran Lake Park
  • A male malard duck on Moran Lake.- Moran Lake Park
  • A female malard duck on Moran Lake.- Moran Lake Park
  • Beach access from the parking lot.- Moran Lake Park
  • Walking trail at 30th Avenue.- Moran Lake Park
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Moran Lake Park
  • Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis).- Moran Lake Park
  • Pink bottle brush (Callistemon viminalis).- Moran Lake Park
Overview + Weather
Dog friendly. Enjoyable, short hike.
Surrounded by residential neighborhoods.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Pets allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Moran Lake Park is a small park that is off the beaten path on the east side of Santa Cruz. Moran Lake is longer than it is wide, and it has a grove of sweet smelling eucalyptus trees that follow a walking trail along the shoreline. This is a short and fairly level 0.6-mile trail connecting 30th Avenue to Moran Way, and it is popular with day hikers and bike riders. A few picnic tables are set along the shore for lunch or simply watching the waterfowl and seabirds. Although Moran Lake is surrounded by residential areas, this mirror-like lake has some great reflections of the nearby buildings and trees. 

The parking is free, and beach access is just across the street. This is a great spot to go during the peak tourist season when the more popular beaches in Santa Cruz fill up fast and have little to no parking. Moran Lake is one of the few parks in Santa Cruz County that is dog friendly.

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