Musch Trail Camp is a campground located high in the Santa Monica Mountains in Topanga Canyon State Park, and is the only place to camp within the park. Topanga Canyon State Park covers over 15,ooo acres and has over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails that wrap around hills and canyons to popular destinations such as the Eagle Rock overlook. Located entirely within the Los Angeles city limits, the park is considered to be the biggest park located in a city in the United States.

Musch Trail Camp is the only campground on the Backbone Trail, which is a popular trail that traverses the ridge lines of the Santa Monica Mountains. The trail is a federally funded trail system that connects Topanga Canyon State Park with Circle X Ranch Group CampMalibu Creek State Park, and the rest of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

There are 8 campsites at Musch Trail Camp, all of which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each campsite includes a picnic table and access to bathrooms with running water. Campfires are not allowed when the fire danger is high.

Musch Trail Camp Campground Features

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 8 Campsites
Cost: $7/night/person
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: No
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: None
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: None
RV/Trailer Length: RVs are not permitted
RV/Trailer Amenities: None
Cell Phone Service: None
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Geo Coordinates: 34.102810, -118.585669
Nearest City/Town: Malibu, California
Elevation: 1400 Feet
Location: Ventura County, California
Paved Road Access: Yes
Proximity to Stores: 17 Miles to Malibu

From Pacific Coast Highway, travel north on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, pass the post office at the center of “town,” then turn right on Entrada Road. Keep to the left at every opportunity until you reach the park’s main parking lot (about one mile).

From the Ventura Freeway (101), exit at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, drive south over the crest of the mountains and proceed three miles to Entrada Road and turn left.


Phone: (310) 455-2465 Facebook:
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Reservations: Not Available

When To Go

Fall & Spring – Expect it to be very warm in the summer time, which can bring out rattlesnakes. The weather is cooler in fall and spring.

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What To Do

Hiking  – There are miles of hiking trails available from Musch Trail Camp, including access to the popular Eagle Rock overlook.

Biking – There are plenty of fire roads nearby that are suitable for biking, as well as some single track trails.

 Image Credits: Roy Randall via Flickr

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