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Sycamore Canyon Campground
Los Angeles, CA
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“Wish Reservations could be Site-Specific”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Arrive early on your reservation day for best selection of sites to choose from.
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Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for a few days in August. We wanted "beach camping" without the drags of being on the beach---the endless wind against your tent, endless sand blowing into the tent and all over everything...etc. So we chose Sycamore Canyon. It is on the "interior" side of Pac highway 1 with beach access via a walkway under the highway. Excellent! Forest camping and a three minute walk to the beach! That said, the location is perfect. The campground layout is interesting. A lot of the sites function almost like group sites without much privacy from the adjacent site(s). We were lucky enough the get there early and secure a fairly private site with lots of shade. In addition to the beach, the campground also offers access to tons of trails, some with gorgeous ocean views, others with gorgeous canyon views. Our only issue with the campground really boils down to the host... we were expecting that the campground may be a bit of a "party campground" and not like the quiet camps we are used to. However, we had a group next to us playing beer pong very loudly until way after midnight. Directly across from the camp host, Who did nothing. Even though these folks could easily be heard throughout the campground and the host was directly across from them. So that was a little irritating. If there's going to be a host, try to keep some order. We aren't old prudes, but this was loud!! Anyway, the second evening the shower token machine ran out of tokens and the response was "we called someone and left a message". We resorted to cold showers...not a huge huge issue, but we were looking forward to a hot shower after spending the day at the beach getting sandy and salty. Oh well. No tokens until the next morning. Other than those couple things though, I would recommend this campground. Lots of families there!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

The husband and I love camping but haven't gone since our little girl was born. We chose Sycamore because it was relatively close to home for us and offered a variety of " stuff". The campground was beautiful with oak trees and foliage and had a good " I'm camping" feel without being too rustic. I like my hot showers and flushing toilet, what can I say?! We also brought our two HUGE dogs with us which loved the beach and the grounds. Only downside if you have dogs, they are NOT allowed on any of the hiking trails:( but they can be on the beach. Most sites are great but get there early or on an off day to get your pick. The coolest part of the whole place was the wild parrots! They are a little loud but really add to the feeling of adventure:)

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Sycamore Canyon Campground
Address: 9000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Point Mugu State Park, Malibu, CA 90265-2000
Location: United States > California > Malibu
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Ranked #4 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Malibu
Number of rooms: 58
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Sycamore Canyon Campground Hotel Malibu

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