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Sycamore Canyon Campground California

Sycamore Canyon Overview

Sycamore Canyon Campground (in Point Mugu State Park) has 58 campsites and is about 1/2 mile inland from the ocean in a pretty canyon of giant Sycamore and Oak trees. The sites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 31 feet).  All campsites are on the reservation system (site assigned on check in), with the exception of the hike/bike campsite. There is a limit of 8 people and 2 vehicles per campsite. Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate.

Click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button for Sycamore Canyon reservations. Then search for “Point Mugu SP” on the ReserveCalifornia site. Campsites reserved through ReserveCalifornia site are the ones you will be assigned at check in. Check in starts at 2pm and check out is at 12pm.

Sycamore Canyon Campground has drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers ($), a nature center and an RV dump station. There are no hookups here.

Our favorite Sycamore Canyon campsites are: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and 45.

Thornhill Broome Campground (along PCH) is another option located in Point Mugu State Park.

Sycamore Canyon – Point Mugu State Park Area Recreation

Point Mugu State Park is located on Highway One up the road from Malibu. The park features 5 miles of ocean shoreline and 70 miles of hiking trails along the beach and in the Santa Monica mountains. You’ll find rocky ocean bluffs, sandy beaches, rugged hills, two river canyons, grassy valleys and even the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness area.  Outdoor recreation includes horseback riding, hiking, biking, picnicking and wildlife viewing. You can also hike or drive about 1/2 mile to the ocean (Sycamore Cove) and also enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking and beach combing. You can also spot some whales during migration season.

Make a Reservation for Sycamore Canyon

  • BBQ Grills
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Nature Center
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
  • Showers
  • Beach
  • Beach Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Creek
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Stargazing
  • Surf Fish
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
9000 West Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, California 90265
310 457-8143
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Best Campsites

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30, 45

Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Year Round



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Sycamore Canyon Sign
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Sycamore Canyon Comments & Reviews

Visited Sycamore Canyon Campground lately? We'd love to hear about your adventure. Did you find us useful? Did we forget something? Anything our community should know before heading out to Sycamore Canyon?

12 Comments on “Sycamore Canyon”

  1. Ginny Brideau says:

    Just got home from our very first family trip, and I’m so glad that we chose Sycamore Canyon. The campgrounds are well maintained and very contained. Our neighbors were great, we invited the two neighboring sites over for s’mores, and just had a blast. The bathrooms were very clean, all the fountains worked.

    There was a fire a couple of months (or maybe even a year) back, so the amount of wildlife (i.e. snakes) was just nonexistent. The trails are busy with mtn bikes and day hikers, but there wasn’t really a moment I felt like we were close to a high-use trailhead.

    The rangers circle through on a regular basis, and the park host was always very welcoming. Skip buying firewood at the grocery store, and buy the wood there for $7/bunch.

    Would love to go back at any moment. We enjoyed the day hiking, hearing the waves crashing, and just a lot of peace and quiet.

    FYI – you’ll only get cell service if you stay in the day use area. There was *NO* cell coverage in the canyon or up on any of the trails.

    Showers were a $1, bring a bill…the token machine for the shower didn’t show a spot to insert coins.

  2. I’ve been reading conflicting reports about site assignments for Sycamore Canyon. Are the site-specific reservations, or are they assigned upon arrival by the camp host?

    • Hi Annie,
      As far as we know the campsites at Sycamore Canyon (Point Mugu State Park) are site-specific through ReserveCalifornia. You can access by clicking on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button from the Sycamore Canyon campground page.

    • Looking for a more recent update on this. Want to confirm site(s) reserved are sites given at check-in before reserving online. Looking to get 2-3 neighboring sites and am unsure of arrival time. Thanks!

      • Hi Cory,
        Sycamore Canyon (Pt. Mugu State Park) Campsites reserved through ReserveCalifornia site are the ones you will be assigned at check in. Check in starts at 2pm and check out is at 12pm.

  3. Norma J Gomez says:

    How many trailers or Rv’s can be on a site. Also, are campsites assigned at time of reservation or on arrival.

    • Hi Norma,
      Sycamore Canyon campground in Pt. Mugu State Park allows 2 vehicles and 8 people per site. The vehicles would include your RV or car and the towing vehicle. You can click on the ‘Make A Reservation’ button to check availability, pricing and make a reservation. Campsites are assigned at time of reservation (not arrival).

      • Pamela Wasserman says:

        Hi. We are having a heck of a time trying to make any reservations for Sycamore Canyon. The Website Reserve California doesn’t even recognize that park. Is there a phone number to make reservations?

      • Hi Pamela,

        For Sycamore Canyon (and Thornhill Broome) – use ‘Point Mugu SP’ when searching in ReserveCalifornia.

  4. The reserve California system needs to go to a 24 hour reserve and put all campsites online. This thought of any “walk up” first come doesn’t work. Right now their are 5 spots open for Sycamore canyon tomorrow and the system won’t let me reserve them. I have a four year old daughter, I am not going to pack up the car and get there and then take the risk of them not having a spot. Make it were if someone books less than 48 hours and doesn’t show they lose all their money.

  5. Connie Garcia says:

    Good afternoon, Is the beach a walking distance from sycamore canyon campground?

    • Hi Connie,
      You can access the beach from Sycamore Canyon campground via a trail that goes under the highway. Depending on the campsite, the walk would be anywhere from about 1/4 mile to 3/4 of a mile to the beach. There’s also a day-use parking area next to the beach, but you’ll need to pay extra to park your vehicle there.

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