Malibu Creek State Park is a beautiful 8,000-acre park nestled in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. It may well be the most beautiful area in the area: hilly plains stretch for miles, dotted with oak and sycamore, overrun with colorful wildflowers, and surrounded by stunning mountain peaks. And, as if all this isn’t more than enough, this park contains something extra special.
Forty years ago, this gorgeous estate was home to 20th Century Fox’s location ranch, where they filmed dozens of films and television shows. The most notable of these was the hugely popular show M*A*S*H, which ran from 1972 until 1983, and generally considered one of the best television shows of all time. In this beautiful park that is now open to the public every day from dawn until dusk, a few choice set pieces from this iconic show remain.
The famous wooden signpost from the show still stands to mark the site’s location, along with a pair of rusting vehicles: a military ambulance and the remains of a jeep. While the medical tent was removed with the show’s wrap, its location is clearly marked, and numerous informational signs and photographs posted there give you an idea of what the area was like during production.
A small shed containing a variety of Korean War memorabilia has been added to the site, as well as a small picnic area. And of course, there is the famous hill that acted as the show’s helicopter landing pad.
The hike out to the M*A*S*H site is just over two miles from the parking lot. The path is fairly flat and reasonably shaded until you get close to the site and lose the tree cover. There are dozens of other beautiful hiking paths in the park as well, so I highly recommend that you stay and explore!
Quick facts about Malibu Creek State Park & the M*A*S*H Site:
Open daily, from dawn until dusk.
Best time to go: Anytime, but try for a cooler day. There are large areas without shade, which can be brutal in the summer heat.
Distance: 4.75 miles round-trip (but longer if you explore the other trails)
Time: 2 hours
Elevation gain: 200 feet
What to bring: Snacks, lunch, and plenty of water.
Dogs are allowed the parking lot and campground only; they are not allowed on the hiking trails.
Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Cornell, CA, 91301
Parking: $12 (covers same day parking to any California State Park and/or Beach)