Point Mugu State Park, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, features five miles of ocean shoreline with rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, sand dunes, rugged hills and uplands, two major river canyons and wide grassy valleys dotted with sycamores, oaks and a few native walnuts. There are more than 70 miles of hiking trails. The beach also features swimming, body surfing and surf fishing. The park includes the jagged pinnacles of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area.
Point Mugu camping included La Jolla Group, Sycamore Campground and Thornhill Broome Campground.
Small sites, many are just in a parking lot where you get 2 normal slots. Near beach but no provided access. You have to go under a highway underpass. No access during high tide. Mosquitoes everywhere. No hook-ups yet it cost $40. Overflowing dumpsters. Actually saw a bum digging through them in front of my site. Dirty bathrooms. Needs a total renovation.
There are 8 walk-in campsites and 1 group site, all sites have a picnic table with bear box attached, and room for 1 tent. No fires are permitted. There is one pit toilet, and therein is the reason for the drop to 3 stars, the pit has not been emptied, it is full to the top.
Each of the sites in and of themselves is great. Very secluded from each other.
The La Jolla trail is currently closed, you must take the Ray Miller trail up to the overlook trail, it adds a few miles to the hike, but well worth the views of the ocean.
Pricey, but you’re On the sand , steps from the water. The lull of the waves, serenading you to sleep is pretty nice.
picnic table and fire ring for each campsite.
Rocky beach, but plenty to explore if you head north along the beach.
I stayed here in April and the weather was very nice!
Our campsite wasn’t huge, but wow! We hiked a couple of trails and enjoyed beautiful views and the beach was very close! There were some basic showers to wash sand off. I totally recommend this camp if you love the beach and the coast!
Loved everything about this site. You have a lot of space and a campfire pit. bathrooms are portable.
We had an amazing two tent set up at Point Mugu with ocean views and bright stars above us. Listening to the sound of the ocean waves as we fell asleep was epic. Wouldn't have wanted this Questival experience any other way!
Point Mugu Thornhill Broome campground: This is beach camping at it’s best! It doesn't feel like a campsite, you have the whole beach. You are so close to the water and there is plenty of space between you and your neighbor. When we were there many people had RVs so there were only a few tents. The beach is wide so you can stagger tents as well to get more space from your neighbor and take in the views, which are absolutely gorgeous. Book your spot early! We booked 2 months out and could only get one night on a weekday in late June.
It is pretty windy in the afternoon when you are setting up camp. Luckily there are big rocks everywhere that you can use to tie down and hold your stakes in. The weather was really nice in late June, fog rolled in in the morning and the afternoon/evening was cool with the breeze. There were not many people on the beaches surrounding and the cool morning stroll watching dolphins play in the water was delightful.
You can't reserve a specific site, they are assigned when you arrive. They will let you drive through and pick the one you want if there are still some to choose from. All sites seem equal here, though it might be nice to be further from the entrance as you would have less traffic coming in and out. All sites and parking are along one lane parallel to the beach and hwy 101. The last spot on the south end did seem to have less sand to work with, while we were there, as there was a ridge on that end. But overall, all sites are great. It is on hwy101, but the road noise was not an issue at all and the road didn’t seem to have much traffic.
This location has outhouses only, but they are kept really clean and they are spaced well so you don’t have to walk too far. They also have water spouts spaced out along the slope opposite of the parking. We had a shower bag that filled and we used to wash our hands at our site.
Food: As others have said, go to store in town before arriving, as there are no stores around. (Which makes it feel more secluded). We had ceviche and clam chowder at Neptune’s Net about 3.5 miles south in Malibu that was excellent. It’s a cute restaurant right on 101 and overlooking the ocean.
Do yourself a favor and camp here!
This camp site is easy to get to , there is porta potty a raised fire ring, breathtaking morning and evening views. you can hear some of the traffic on the PCH behind you but the crashing waves drown in out. There is firewood available from the campground host for $5 dollars a bundle. Little windy at sundown. Make sure to have your tent set back as the tide comes in and will wash all your camping items out to sea. The nearest store is about 10 mins away.
Driving up the coast of Cali we were determined to find a beach campground! Though I would say this one was a bit pricey, it was exactly what we were looking for. Mountains to our backs and the pacific at our toes. Super friendly hosts, a lot of people who didn't mind Sadie being off leash. Star show rocked at night. Some cute places close by to pick up some grub to cook over the fire! Loved this site- hope to return someday!
Southern California is one of the few places where you can enjoy the beach, the desert, and the mountains all in one day. Camping and hiking at Point Mugu has it all. When I moved to LA 3 years ago, Point Mugu was the first park I visited. There had been a recent fire in the hiking hills, and it was amazing to see the plant life show such a will to survive. The backbone trail ends at this park, and was finally completed in spring 2016 - I strongly recommend hiking part of it, if you stay at Point Mugu.
The one downside: it's really hard to reserve a campsite here for the weekends. I've had to book weeks in advance.