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.
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)
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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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