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Sycamore Canyon Campground California

Sycamore Canyon Overview

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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.

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Amenities
  • 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
Activities
  • 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
Campground Map
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Best Campsites

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

Regions
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Year Round

Elevation:

30

# of Campsites:

58

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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?

52 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.

  6. Hi – We have stayed at Leo Carrillo and they have “wells” or “fountains” to wash hands and/or pots and pans at the actual camp sites. Is this the same for Sycamore Canyon – I see that there is “Drinking Water” listed but not sure what that means – should we be bringing our own water? Also…I heard the beaches are dog friendly (on leash of course) is that correct? Thanks in Advance!

    • Hi Shanna,
      Sycamore Canyon campground (Pt. Mugu State Park), has water basins/sinks outside of the restrooms. There are also water spigots throughout the campground.
      Sycamore Canyon Restroom

  7. Wondering where site 26 is on the map…I reserved 25/26 as they were shown together on the map where I reserved them…but they don’t seem to be and on the map shown here 26 doesn’t exist. Hope you can help shed some light on that for me 🙂

    • Hi Hila,
      As you pointed out, the Sycamore Canyon campground map we have doesn’t include site #26, but it is there. According to ReserveCalifornia – it is to the left of site #25 (when looking at #25).

  8. DAVID ROBLES says:

    Are they still taking reservations for tent sites?

    The reservation site says reservation restriction.. Is it still open?

    • Hi David,

      Sycamore Canyon campground (Point Mugu State Park) is open for camping and taking reservations. The campground pretty much looks sold out through Labor Day though. You can try our Campsite Assist tool and get notified if a cancelled campsite becomes available. There is a one time fee for the service and scans will run continually depending on the package you pick.
      Campsite Assist Plans

      • Lee Trapani says:

        Is a trailer and a tent allowed on a single camp site as long as the number of occupants is 8 or less

      • Hi Lee,
        Yes – you’re correct. You can have a tent and trailer in your campsite, as long as you don’t exceed 8 people.

  9. Jonathan Hoyt says:

    Hi,

    Are there any hike in/bike in campsites available?

  10. Robert Forsberg says:

    Should I fill up my RV water before arriving or are is there water available to fill-up?

  11. CINDY THOMPSON says:

    Hi, no question was asked about my motorhome having a slide. Is that an issue? It is only 7 1/2 feet wide, with a 30 inch slide

    • Hi Cindy,
      You were probably talking with ReserveCalifornia as it is the company that handles reservations at Sycamore Canyon (Pt. Mugu State Park). Most, if not all, of the Sycamore Canyon campsites are pretty wide and your slide out RV will be fine (to fit).

  12. I’m going camping at Sycamore Campground. Do the fire pits have a grate so you can cook hot dogs on them if you wanted to?

  13. richard squaglia says:

    I have severe copd and require oxygen supply 24/7. Are there any disabled area sites with power standard power hook up for a rv rental to be able to plug in a portable oxygen concentrator or any other camp sites in the area. It’d be for 2 nights. Thank you in advance

  14. Hi, Wondering if you think site 46 has roughly adequate space for 3-4 small tents? (7 people) Thanks!

    • Hi Avalon,
      Might be able to get 3 tents in campsite #46 since it has some room to the left of the parking spur. Not sure about 4 tents though. Keep in mind that there is a limit of 2 vehicles and 8 people per campsite.

  15. Sarah Soliman says:

    Hi
    Wanted to know if there is a lot of room between campsites; the map show that they may be closely packed together, but checking on covid safety. Thank you

    • HI Sarah,

      The campsites are right next to each other, but most are fairly large. The distance between the table/fire ring area could range from about 50 to 80 feet, depending on the campsite.

  16. When I put in the length of our small RV (20 ft) in the reserve website many of the campsites get blacked out, but looking at the photos, there should be plenty of room. Comments?

    • Hi R. Hobbs,
      Not sure what to say. Most sites at Sycamore Canyon can accommodate a small RV (up to 20 feet). I’d maybe just roll the dice and not include your RV length – see what’s available, then check the photo to make sure it looks good.

  17. Vicky J Richards says:

    Do any of these campsites have ocean views?

    • Hi Vicky,
      Unfortunately none of the Sycamore Canyon campsites have ocean views. You’ll need to walk about 1/2 mile from the day-use parking area under the freeway to get to the beach and see the ocean.

  18. Hello, I booked site SC3. Based on the photo, it is fairly big. The reservation system allowed me to book only, if I chose “tent”, there was no option to chose RV. Is this site OK for RV?

    • Hi Arthur,
      Yes – you can park an RV or trailers in Sycamore Canyon site SC3. The site can take up to three vehicles. Pad length is 31 feet and all wheels must be on the pavement. Have a great trip!

  19. Hello, I am booked at Sycamore Canyon Campground, site #29. Can this spot accommodate 3 regular sized vehicles? And if not, can our 3rd car park in the overflow lot overnight?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Mel,
      Yes you can park 3 vehicles in Sycamore Canyon campsite #29. FYI – only 1 vehicle is included in your fee so you’ll need to pay an extra (per night) fee for each additional vehicle. I’m not sure what the extra fee is, but it may be around $12 per vehicle per night.

  20. I have seven children, the youngest is only 1, and the oldest 13. If the limit is 8 people per site, would I really have to reserve two sites for two parents and seven children? Thanks for the info.

    • Hi Todd,

      The final call is up to the ranger and/or camp host. Generally they won’t do a head count (unless it’s way over the limit) and I’m almost sure they’ll give you a pass since your youngest is only 1.

  21. Margie Carter says:

    Is there parking space for 2 cars and a 12 foot travel trailer at site #11? If not, is there overnight additional parking available for the extra car?

    • Hi Margie,
      Sycamore Canyon campsite #11 can accommodate up to 3 vehicles and 8 people. Your 2 cars and trailer should fit fine in the parking pad area. Not sure if all three can be parallel parked, but you can park two parallel and the third across the front of the parking area.

  22. Brittany says:

    Hello! Is the potable water at Sycamore Canyon Campground still available? (Even during these COVID times?)

  23. Hello! I am looking to reserve 2 sites next to each other. I have reservation for sites 55/56 but am considering changing it to 12/13. Could you please tell me which of the choices have better shade and space and grade?
    Much appreciated.

    • Hi Shay,
      We don’t actually have an employee on site at Sycamore Canyon campground, but going off the photos and our general knowledge of the campground/sites – campsites 55/56 are along the creek and have more shade than sites 12/13. Sites 55/56 have a little larger parking area. The ‘camping area’ is large in sites 12/13. Both sites are relatively level, but 12/13 are probably more so. Hope this helps!

  24. Can’t wait for our stay! Can you tell us where the drinking water stations are located?

    • HI Camper,

      You’ll love the campground – very nice. For sure there is water at each of the bathrooms and you can click on the ‘Campground Map’ button to see where those are located. There are also a few water spigots scattered throughout the campground, but I’m not sure where those are located.

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