There's a lot to see in Malibu Creek State Park, and in this guide, I'll take you on a "best of" tour of the highlights in the park. First, we'll visit the famous Rock Pool, then escape the crowds at the scenic Century Lake dam, finally finishing with a canyon-side trail to the famous MASH television show set. It's an easy hike that's full of adventure and history.
When planning, always check the park website and social media to make sure the trails are open. Similarly, check the weather and road conditions.
Where is Malibu Creek State Park?
There are many trails and trailheads at Malibu Creek State Park, and this hike starts at the easy-to-find main parking lot and visitor area. Use this address to get to the parking lot: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
Gear For the Hike
This is a tame hike, and you can get away with fitness clothes or light hiking gear. There are some water crossings, but you shouldn't have to get wet. Having shoes you don't mind getting wet is wise, just in case. It can also get brutally hot here; bring at least 1L of water for this hike.
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In 1946 20th Century Fox Studio bought the old country club to create a "shooting ranch" location to film scenes in the wild. And the area you will hike through has been a backdrop in hundreds of old movies and television shows that you've probably never seen, and maybe some that you have. But lots of big movie stars shot here, including Cary Grant, Marlon Brando (aka the Godfather), and even Elvis Presley.
We'll end at the MASH outdoor set, which has some old vehicles and structures, as well as great interpretive displays. For you young folks, MASH was a popular TV show from the 1970s based on a popular movie based on a popular book about the Korean war. It's worth watching the intro to the TV show featuring the peaks and valleys on this hike. The video is also fun to check out after your hike. And according to an insider, if you watch the show, you can tell the scenes that were shot in the park because the actors will be squinting from the sun.
The state bought the area and opened the park in 1976, but movies and shows continued to be shot here over the years. These days less productions are shot in the park because so many people can easily recognize the distinctive peaks here, therefore knowing that the location is not where it's supposed be.
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