Moore Creek Trail

Natural Bridges State Park, California

Elevation Gain83ft
Trailhead Elevation46ft
Elevation Min/Max8/54ft
Elevation Start/End46/46ft

Moore Creek Trail

Moore Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz, California. It is within Moore Creek Upland Open Space Preserve, Moore Creek Wetland Natural Preserve, Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve, and Natural Bridges State Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 46 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 83 feet. The Monarch Eucalyptus Grove attraction is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and parking. Along the trail there are a coastline, cliffs, a picnic site, and a bench. This trail connects with the following: Monarch Boardwalk, East Meadow Trail and Prairie View Trail.

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Day Hikes around Monterey & Carmel (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Moore Creek Preserve is a 246-acre greenbelt in Santa Cruz that opened to the public in 2003. The undeveloped watershed has a variety of habitats, including wetlands, riparian forests, live oak groves, coastal terrace prairie, and spectacular views of the ocean. Seasonal Moore Creek meanders through the east side of the preserve en route to a seaside lagoon at Natural Bridges State Beach (Hike 2). The creek’s headwaters begin just north in the lower foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains." Read more

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Dirty! That is easily the best way to open this description as Zmudowski State Beach is really, really dirty including trash and loads of driftwood. The beach itself is situated right over a small knoll from the vast acres of farming / agriculture land and the stark contrast of the green vegetation growing against the sand is pretty cool. There is a large river (Pajaro) that flows into the ocean and pretty much disturbs all of the sediment on the ocean floor, making the water mostly brown and not all that pretty. For our hike, we actually completed what is listed and described here and also continued further down the beach, eventually landing at the pier next to Elkhorn Slough. You would think that this area, which is overlooking the Monterey Bay (something that is a natural beauty) would be a marvel to look at. Well, we were wrong. Very very wrong. All in all, the experience was not a waste of time, but it is one of those placs you fight to remember down the road because (other than all the garbage), nothing sparked any cool memories. And, oh, would someone smack the local Park Rangers around? That beach is a disgrace!

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Trail Information

Natural Bridges State Park
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Natural Bridges State Park
USGS: Santa Cruz
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Dec 2018