Malibu Creek State Park (2015)

Campsite:  MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK

Geographic Location:  MALIBU, CA

Type of Campground: STATE PARK

Experience Level: GREAT FOR NEWBIES, FAMILIES & LARGE GROUPS (LIKE SCOUTING TROOPS!)

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Malibu Creek Rock Pond

(All ratings are based on a 1-5 system. 1=Horrible 5=Amazing)

Pet Friendly:(2) NOT ALLOWED ON THE BEACH OR THE TRAILS – AND NOT A LOT TO SEPARATE YOU BETWEEN SITES IF YOUR NEIGHBOR HAS UNFRIENDLY PETS.

Family Friendly:(4) LOTS OF SPACIOUS SPOTS, GOOD FOR TENTS & RVS – AND FULL BATHROOM AMENITIES – THOUGHT NUMBER OF STALLS ARE LIMITED.

Cleanliness: (3) TRASH CANS ARE AVAILABLE BUT IN ISOLATED AREAS – AND WITH NO FIRES ALLOWED MOST OF THE YEAR – THE FIRE PITS TURN TO TRASH CANS (BAD CAMPER ETIQUETTE!!)

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Don’t “trash” your site – That’s Bad Camper Juju!

Noise Level: (4) LOTS OF LARGE GROUPS IN BIG OPEN CAMP LOOPS MEANS THE SOUND CARRIES FAR.

Restrooms: (4) FULL INDOOR RESTROOMS – WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS AND MIRRORS AND HOT WATER! AS WELL AS TOKEN OPERATED SHOWERS.

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Clean restrooms, with lots of TP and hot water!

Campsite Space: (4) MOST OF THE CAMPGROUND IS A BIG OPEN DIRT PLAIN – SO THERE ISN’T A LOT OF PRIVACY BETWEEN SITES, BUT THERE IS A LOT OF SPACE ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE LOCATED IN THE INNER LOOPS.

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Shade/Sun: (3) SCATTERED TREES THROUGHOUT THE INNER LOOP SITES FOR SOME SHADE. OUTER LOOP SITES GET LOTS OF TREES AND BRUSH TO PROVIDE MUCH MORE SUN AND WEATHER PROTECTION.

Ground: (4) DIRT – BUT FLAT AND NO HUGE ROCKS UNDER YOUR TENT

Bugs/Critters: (4)  BEES WERE THE MOST PREVALENT CRITTERS AROUND – BUT THERE ARE COYOTES NEARBY (YOU CAN HEAR THEM HOWLING!)

Amenities:

  • UNISEX RESTROOMS WITH FLUSH TOILETS, SINKS AND TP!
  • INDIVIDUAL PAY SHOWERS (TAKES TOKENS – BUT THERE IS A MACHINE TO GET YOUR TOKENS RIGHT NEXT TO SHOWERS)
  • MANY WATER SPIGOTS THROUGHOUT CAMPGROUND
  • TALL FIRE PITS WHICH ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE USED DUE TO THE DRY WEATHER RIGHT NOW
  • WOODEN PICNIC BENCHES
  • TREES AND SHRUBS FOR SHADE
  • FIREWOOD AVAILABLE FROM CAMP HOST WHEN ALLOWED
  • PAVED ROADS AND MANY HIKING TRAILS WALKING DISTANCE TO YOUR SITE.
  • THE ROCK POND – MALIBU CREEK’S MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTION
  • RIGHT OUTSIDE OF THE CITY – SO IF YOU FORGET ANYTHING, IT’S ONLY A 5 MINUTE DRIVE TO STORE!

 

Comments from the “Chix”

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Our overall impression of this campground  is that it’s a fun place for  a short trip, or a layover on your way to another location. OR, if you’re looking for a fun place that can accommodate a big group, like a Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop- this is your place! It’s nestled right in the woods of Malibu off of the canyon road – so it’s a great quick getaway!
Pros: This campground gives off a bit of the rustic vibe, especially for being so close to the city, but still has plenty of not rustic qualities – like hot water! With flush toilets, lots of sinks, water fountains and hot showers, those who aren’t ready to stay dirty all weekend will survive. The sites are generally large with enough room for a big tent or a couple small ones- or a big RV. Some sites offer lots of great natural shade from the mountain side and trees. But let’s not forget the best part of Malibu Creek – the short trail to the Rock Pond! In the summer it’s a great way to cool off and have some fun in the sun, while still feeling like you’re in the middle of wilderness.
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Malibu Creek Rock Pond
Cons:  Most of sites here are not site specific when you make a reservation, which means your spot is chosen for you – and you don’t know where it will be until you check in. There’s a lot of spots that don’t have much shade – which can be tough in the summer. Lastly, it can get loud since the layout of the campground is basically a big open dirt lot with parking spots to designate your site.
Trip Tips: Be prepared to be in a sunny spot, or a spot that may just not be of your choosing. And although the trail is not tough to the rock pond – bring shoes! The other trails are plenty rocky and slippery too!
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Malibu Creek 2015

Link to reserve your spot at Malibu Creek State Park

 

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