LA - Camp: Malibu Creek State Park Campout

  • Wed, June 26, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sun, June 30, 2024
  • 12:00 PM
  • Malibu Creek State Park
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  • Must arrive with First RV occupant
  • Must arrive with First tent occupant


Malibu Creek State Park Campout

Start: Wednesday, June 26, 2024 2:00 PM

End: Sunday, June 30, 2024 12:00 PM

Spaces: 40

Trip Leader:

Russell Hammerl:


John Blasco:

John Butta:

Our group campsite is secluded amongst a grove of mature live oaks next to a meadow in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains. The campout is five days and four nights but you can arrive on any day- however, fees will be the same. Please let the trip leader, Russell, know the day you will be arriving. The campout is priced under the break-even point.

Over a hundred films and television series have been filmed in the park. Picture yourself camping in the mountains where the opening scenes to the TV show MASH were filmed, without the helicopters. The visitors center has information on the films shot in the park when it was part of 20th Century Fox. There are many options for hiking, in fact there is a fifteen mile trail along the creek which is the only one to traverse the Santa Monica Mountains. Park Brochure

Within walking distance is one of the largest Hindu Temples in Southern California. Also within hiking distance is King Gillette Ranch - yes, the razor guy. There will be a day hike in the mountains each morning and the beach in the afternoon. On the hikes we will be identifying and learning about the native plants and geology of the area. If it's warm a swim at Dan Blocker Beach next to Cher’s house will be perfect.

  • The gates at Malibu Creek State Park are open from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Facilities have free hot showers, flushable toilets, picnic tables, and potable water.
  • The campsite is about 300 yards from the parking area.
  • RVs park in our own secluded group campsite parking lot.
  • Fires are prohibited during Red Flag warnings. If permitted, firewood is available from the Camp Host.
  • Dogs are only allowed in the campsite and must be at all times on leashes no longer than 6' and in a tent or enclosed vehicle at night. Except for service animals, pets are not allowed on trails, park buildings, or on most beaches.

Volunteers needed! If you can assist please contact Russell Hammerl

Wednesday, June 26

2:00 PM Check in, set up camp

5:00 PM Meet and greet, bring a snack to share

6:30 PM Short nature trail walk, dinner on your own

Thursday, June 27

8:00 AM Hike to Piuma Ridge trail, about 4-5 miles round trip. Some of this hike is shaded under a canopy of oaks, sycamores, bay trees. Bring 10 essentials, plenty of water, hiking poles, snacks or lunch, hiking shoes with good traction and grip, hat, sunscreen, etc.

12:30 PM Lunch on your own

1:30 PM Dan Blocker Beach swim and hang out

5:00 PM Malibu Seafood, not expensive but excellent fish, picnic tables, outside. Bring a jacket! It can be cool in evening by the ocean.

6:30 PM Slow drive back to camp with stops at the pocket pullouts on Malibu Canyon Road. Relax under the oaks, board games, etc.

Friday, June 28

8:00 AM Hike to King Gillette Ranch and Visitors Center.

11:00 AM Option to continue hike to Hindu Temple, however respectful attire requested, shoes are not worn around the temple.

2:00 PM Malibu Lagoon, parking is just a few dollars, meet in the parking lot. Stroll around lagoon, bird watch, walk to Surfrider Beach, swim, and hangout.

Perhaps a walk to the end of Malibu Pier for a soda or coffee.

6:00 PM Dinner on your own or possibly order from Mediterranean Pita Grill

Saturday, June 29

8:00 AM Hike to Mash site with a long stop at visitors' center, 4-5 miles at a moderate pace. Bring your own sack lunch, at least 2 liters of water, hiking poles, good traction hiking shoes and 10 essentials.

2:00 PM Afternoon is on your own. A suggestion is La Piedra a pocket beach or relax at camp. It’s up to you.

7:00 PM Potluck dinner, bring something to share 4-6 servings.

Sunday, June 30

Morning:  Group cleans campground

12:00 PM Latest check out


a. RV first person – $145.00

b. Each additional RV passenger – $25.00 Must arrive in the RV. 

c. Tent first person – $65.00

d. Tent each additional person – $25.00 Must arrive in the same vehicle as tent first person.

A maximum of 30 cars is allowed for the group site.  The parking lot is a short walk from the group campsite.  Carpooling will be necessary for us to reach our maximum of 40 participants. See below for note on Carpooling.

Info for RVs: There is one dump site for $10.00. Maximum RV length is 30 feet. Quiet hours are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. Check with the park for more specific details 310 457-8144.

Dark Sky: Keeping your camp lights off or at a minimum allows the insects, birds, and animals to continue their natural rhythm of the night and for us to enjoy the stars.

What to Bring: Camping/cooking gear,10 essential items, food, clothing for warm days and cool nights, beach gear including swimsuit if desired, potluck item for Saturday night. Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, and eating utensils*, towel, soap/shampoo and one bundle of firewood. If permitted firewood is available from the camp host.

*In order to cut down on waste, please consider bringing your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug.  Follow posted rules about dish washing.

Directions: The park is located four miles south of Highway 101 on Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Road.

1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

At the entrance booth, say you are going to the Group Campground. The attendant will give you directions, find your way to our site. See map link. You must enter the park before 10 pm, they close the entrance gate

Weather: Temperatures in Malibu Creek State Park can vary greatly. June can range from an average high of 84º to a low of 60º.

Refunds: Cancel by June 11, 2024 for a refund (minus $20 service fee).

Payments: Pay online with a credit card when you register using the link above.

You must be a paid member of one of the Great Outdoor (GO) Chapters in order to register for this event. Annual membership is only $25.  You can easily join online and then register for this trip. 

Carpool/ride sharing information: Due to liability and insurance reasons Great Outdoors cannot organize carpools and hike/trip leaders cannot take an active role in making arrangements for participants' transportation. If you would like a ride, or could provide a ride, you can sign up on your own at the link below.

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