Unlike nearby Thornhill Broome Beach Campground, Sycamore Canyon Campground is located inland across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean in Point Mugu State Park. Sycamore Canyon is a medium-sized campground situated back in the canyon under the cover of a sycamore tree grove. The campground has access to loads of hiking with trails that can be accessed directly from the campground. The beach is also accessible via a tunnel that goes under PCH.
There are 55 campsites at Sycamore Canyon Campground. Each campsite includes a picnic table, fire ring, access to bathrooms, running water, and coin operated showers. Firewood is available for sale. Leashed dogs are allowed in the campground, but not on trails.
Sycamore Canyon Campground – Bottom Line
Sycamore Canyon Campground is a busy campground. When we visited there were people and cars everywhere. Also, most of the campsites are not very large and are right on top of each other. It often felt like more like you were tailgating for a football game rather than camping. The campground is also not the cleanest campground we have seen; this is likely due to the number of people in the campground, however the campsites seemed pretty clean, which was surprising. Often the trash cans were overflowing into the driveways.
Access to the beach is available without driving via tunnel under California Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway). Be prepared during wetter seasons for the tunnel to be flooded out, leaving you to make a mad dash on foot or in your car across the highway. The beach can also be very busy with other campers and day use visitors.
The best campsites are located on the southern edge of the campground. These are located against the mountains that make up the canyon, so at least you will not have neighbors on one side of you.
The bottom line on Sycamore Canyon Campground is go if you want easy access to hiking and a more social camping experience. However, if you can try and camp at nearby Thornhill Broome Campground on the beach, it is a much nicer camping experience, giving you access to the same hiking trails, and a largely day-use visitor free beach.
Sycamore Canyon Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||55 Campsites|
|Cost:||$35/night, $8 online reservation fee|
|RV/Trailer Length:||31 Feet|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Yes|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Other:||Firewood available for sale|
|Geo Coordinates:||34.071278, -119.012683|
|Nearest City/Town:||Malibu, California|
|Location:||Ventura County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||12 Miles to Malibu|
From Malibu, drive 12 miles north on the Pacific Coast Highway (California Highway 1) Sycamore Canyon Campground will be on your right.
|Web:||California State Parks||Twitter:|
When To Go
Fall & Spring – The peak time for Sycamore Canyon Campground is summer, but the fall and spring have great weather and the campground is far less busy.
What To Do
Hiking – There are several trails that are great for day hiking accessible from campground, including Sycamore Canyon Trail, which leads from the campground to Deer Camp Junction and is 6.5 miles round trip. Be sure to also check out Mugu Peak and bring plenty of water with you if you hike during the summer.
Nature Watching – Whales can be visible from the beach during their migration season in the winter. Otherwise dolphins and seals are often present and easily seen just past the breaking waves.
Relax on the beach – There is a beach day use area accessible from the campground.
Sycamore Canyon Campground Pictures