Upon arrival on a Saturday in September, our group selected adjacent sites #30 and #32 in the circular loop section. Refer to the campground map on the state parks website. Reservations are not site-specific; you pick your site upon arrival. The sites on the western side of the loop have a bit more real estate and back into the forest and trees, whereas the sites on the eastern side of the loop are more intimate/small and back into the hillside.
The entire loop area can be densely populated depending on the day/season. You are in close proximity to neighboring sites with scant vegetation for privacy. A condominium complex of tents if you will, rather than spacious seclusion. I didn’t mind this so much and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow campers. Only autos and SUVs can navigate this one-way counter-clockwise loop.
There is also another section shaped in a large open rectangular configuration where longer tow-in campers can maneuver. This area of 18 sites seemed to have a more mature, low key vibe.
At 10pm the ranger came around to enforce quiet time and ensure there were no more than 8 people per site. We had no noise issues or rowdy behavior from neighboring sites. Very peaceful sleep.
The restroom facilities were good (flush toilets, showers, and outdoor sinks with running water). Loved brushing my teeth outdoors and seeing the reflection of the Pacific Ocean in the over-sink mirror and hearing the surf roll onto shore at Sycamore Cove just across Pacific Coast Highway.
- Also Known As:
- Sycamore Canyon Campground Hotel Malibu