Big Sycamore Canyon Campground Point Mugu State Park Santa Monica Mountains Malibu Hike Los Angeles

Sycamore Canyon Campground sits just off the beach in Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu. The 13,300-acre park boasts beautiful beaches, rocky peaks, and miles and miles of hiking trails. Tents and RVs are welcome attack this drive-up campground. In addition to beach access, Sycamore Canyon Campground provides fire rings, picnic tables, potable water, coin showers, and flush toilets.

Sycamore Canyon Campground Point Mugu
Sycamore Canyon Campground
Sycamore Canyon Campground Point Mugu California
Sycamore Canyon Campground

The campground sits at the mouth of one of the two main canyons in Point Mugu State Park, Big Sycamore Canyon, and the campground is a convenient starting point for several hikes, including Scenic and Overlook Trails Loop. Each site is $45 per night, plus $10 for any additional vehicles (prices as of 2017). Sites may be reserved online from or by calling (310) 457-8143.

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leashes in the campground. Dogs must be kept in tents or vehicles at night and are not allowed on park trails.

Sycamore Canyon Campground Point Mugu State Park
Looking down on the campground from a viewpoint of Scenic Trail

To get to the campground: From Los Angeles, take the 10 Freeway west through Santa Monica and follow PCH northwest for 32 miles through Malibu to Point Mugu State Park. Drive 3.2 miles past Yerba Buena Road, and turn right into Sycamore Canyon Campground. From Oxnard, head southeast on PCH for twelve miles and turn left into the campground.

Campground address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Point Mugu State Park, Malibu, CA 90265
Campground coordinates: 34.072853, -119.014599 (34° 04′ 22.27″N 119° 00′ 52.55″W)

Use the map below to view the campground and get directions:

Nearby Trails
Scenic Overlook Trails Point MuguScenic and Overlook Trails Loop
This 2.7 to 3.5-mile hike takes in tremendous ocean views above Big Sycamore Canyon in Point Mugu State Park.
Point Mugu State Park hikeLa Jolla Canyon Loop
This 11.75-mile hike explores Point Mugu State Park on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains, offering extraordinary ocean views (while still visiting La Jolla Canyon Falls).
Point Mugu State Park hikeMugu Peak
This 6.5-mile hike ascends from the bottom of La Jolla Canyon to the top of a 1,266-foot peak, providing exceptional ocean and canyon views.
Point Mugu State Park hikeLa Jolla Canyon Falls
This 1.5-mile hike visits a short seasonal waterfall in Point Mugu State Park.
Sandstone Peak Malibu hikeSandstone Peak
This 6.25-mile loop summits the tallest peak in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Grotto Malibu hikeThe Grotto
This 3-mile out and back hike visits a remote grotto in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
Malibu hikesMore trails in the Santa Monica Mountains
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Lea Carrillo campingLeo Carrillo State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains
This coastal park has 135 campsites with nearby hiking and access to Malibu’s finest beaches.
Malibu Creek campingMalibu Creek State Park
This campground has 63 sites with lots of amenities and nearby trails.
Los Angeles Camping More campgrounds around LA
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22 Comments on Sycamore Canyon Campground in Point Mugu State Park

  1. Jim North wrote:

    Are the showers working at Sycamore Canyon Campgrounds? We will be there in 2 weeks and the last visit the showers weren’t working.
    Thanks for responding.

  2. Gladys Carmona wrote:

    9/2/2012 – Are the showers working at Sycamore Canyon Campgrounds? Also, are there any electical outlets for charging phones or laptops?

  3. Christi wrote:

    I need to know if the showers are working?” Going soon.

  4. Oksen wrote:

    How much privacy does one get here? Are the grounds very very close to each other? If yes, how close?

  5. Enrico De Santos wrote:

    I have a reservation in Sycamore Canyon campground is okay to have firewood at night?

  6. alec campbell wrote:

    are dogs allowed at sycamore canyon campground?

    • hikespeak wrote:

      Yes. Dogs are allowed on leashes and must be kept in tents or vehicles at night and are not allowed on park trails.

  7. johana wrote:

    Is there a day use parking area for Sycamore Canyon or is the only option La Jolla Canyon down the road?

  8. David Model wrote:

    Looking to do a family gathering and use a fire pit on the beach. What beach would you recommend to do a bbq, Point Magu or Big Sycamore? Easy unloading is important. Thanks for your assistance.

  9. Jodie wrote:

    Are there any horse camping facilities in or around Point Mugu?

  10. Pam wrote:

    How do I locate horsecamp sites in/near point mugs?

  11. Babs Dub wrote:

    Are dogs allowed on the beach if they are on a leash?

  12. Ruben Ruvalcaba wrote:

    So this is July 2016. Are the showers working at sycamore canyon campground at point magu??

  13. Ruben Rosales wrote:

    How much is it to park your passenger car at the Pt. Mugu Sycamore just for the day, leaving the same day?

  14. stéphan mercier wrote:

    is Steve still attendant at the campground ?

  15. stephan mercier wrote:

    any damages from the fires ?

  16. Theresa Mcclelland wrote:

    Is there overflow overnight parking

  17. John wrote:

    This is a great campground for families and it’s really close to the city. It’s a little inland but you still can hear the waves crashing at night. I found a pretty good walkthrough of a camping experience here

  18. […] for a campground walking distance to the beach? Look no further. The Sycamore Canyon Campground is great for enjoying both the forest and beach scene in one camping […]

  19. Darlene Gray wrote:

    We usually camp at El Capitan
    How does this compare. Is there a camp store