Malibu Creek State Park is a popular destination for campers and hikers who want to experience the beauty of Malibu’s mountains and canyons. The 7,000-acre park boasts a good amount of trails, including the popular hike to the former set of MASH. Located just 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Malibu Creek State Park offers a quick getaway for residents eager for a night in the outdoors.
The year-round campground boasts 63 sites, offering picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets, coin showers, and a dump station. For a good overview of the facilities, review this park brochure.
Woolsey Fire Update: The campground and most of Malibu Creek State Park are closed following the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. An ongoing police investigation is also restricting campground access. Check the Malibu Creek State Park page for more information.
Camping at Malibu Creek State Park has two drawbacks:
- Wood burning is prohibited, so campers are resigned to burning charcoal in the fire rings instead of having a true campfire
- $45 per night and $12 per additional vehicle is a lot to pay to sleep on the ground
Aside from those negatives, the campground provides the setting for an enjoyable weekend escape with friends and family. This is a popular campground, so reserve a site online before heading to the park.
To get to the Campground: Malibu Creek State Park is ten minutes inland from Pepperdine University and the beaches of Malibu. The entrance to the park located on the west side of Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road between the 101 and PCH, 5.7 miles from the coast, and south of Mulholland Drive.
Campground address: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas, CA 91301
Campground coordinates: 34.100576, -118.711188 (34° 06′ 02.07″N 118° 42′ 40.27″W)
Use the map below to view the campground and create your own directions:
This 4.75-mile hike climbs 500 feet over a scenic mountain between Liberty Canyon and Las Virgenes Canyon on the north end of Malibu Creek State Park.
|Grassland Trail to Crags Road and Rock Pool|
This easy 3-mile hike enters Malibu Creek State Park on South Grassland Trail, then forms a loop around Crags Road to visit Rock Pool, a popular park retreat.
|Malibu Creek Traverse|
This adventure hike explores the C-shaped gorge between Rock Pool and Century Lake in Malibu Creek State Park.
|Cistern, Lookout, and Cage Creek Trails|
This team of single tracks make a scenic descent to Century Lake in Malibu Creek State Park, providing a short loop or longer hikes to other destinations.
|Lake Vista Trail|
This 4.1-mile hike crosses the west end of Malibu Creek State Park and climbs to a scenic view over Malibu Lake.
This 4.8-mile round trip hike crosses a panoramic ridge on the north side of Malibu Creek State Park.
This hike visits the site where the exteriors of the television show MASH were filmed, a 4.75-mile trek from the park entrance.
|Lost Cabin Trail|
This 1.5-mile round trip extension to the MASH set hike dead-ends in a mountain canyon at the site of a now nonexistent cabin.
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