1 Day Camping at Point Mugu Sycamore Canyon Campground
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Quick drive to Point Mugu State Park
Living in Santa Monica, the drive out to Point Mugu State Park is a quick 50 minute drive. Anyone living in LA area should definitely take advantage of having such a beautiful park and campground nearby.
Setting up at site 11
We didn't have to make any reservation because it was during the week, but if you are aiming for a weekend, I would definitely advise making a reservation months in advance. You can make online reservation at Reserve California. Sycamore Canyon Campground is $45 a night.
Site 11 is probably one of the best sites because it is tucked away in the very back right next to the trail and being in the corner, gives you more space than some of the other sites. This is pretty important because one downside to Sycamore Canyon Campground is that the campsites are pretty close together.
The campsite has a large fire pit and an attached grill, but we always carry around our 14 inch Weber grill. We grilled some steak, made coffee from Alana's Roaster, and opened up a fresh coconut. For dessert, we had cupcakes from a local bakery. Goes down very smoothly with a cup of Yigacheffe coffee.
Settling in for the night
The new iPhone 11 pro can take some amazing photos. We settled in our tent and looked outside for a while, listening to the wind whistling outside.
Waking up in the morning
The morning here is fantastic. You aren't waking up to the smell of LA pollution. The air's crisp and fresh and you have birds chirping everywhere. Being able to wake up to the fresh smell of trees alone is worth staying the night out here.
Morning walk to the beach
There's an underpass that leads to the beach off the overflow parking lot. You can access the beach during low tide. It's really accessible and feels like a secret hideaway. We are going to bring a jetboil next time and make coffee here in the morning.
For breakfast, we grilled some bacon, heated up some hash browns, and made eggs. All that paired with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Lunch at Broad Street Oyster Company
As I had mentioned before, a great upside to camping at Point Mugu State Park is how close it is from Malibu.
I think Point Mugu State Park is a phenomenal park. People can go hiking, surfing, swimming, biking, camping, and a myriad of other activities.