Point Mugu State Park

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About Point Mugu State Park

First off, let’s get it out of the way and say that “Point Mugu” is by far one of the coolest names we have come across. OK, with that being said, lets talk about the magnificent 5 miles of shoreline, soft sand beaches and dunes, rugged hills, two spanning major river canyons, grassy valleys, as well as the jagged pinnacles shooting up from the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. That’s a mouthful, but it pales in comparison to the activities available at the park, ranging from primo hikes to unparalleled surfing options to some of the best mountain biking trails in all of SoCal. This is one of the most fantastic and magnificent getaways right outside of LA and is a must for any adventurer.

Campgrounds in Point Mugu

Sycamore Canyon Campground
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Jorge: Campground is very pretty and clean. Avoid weekends if you are looking for quiet. Audience is varied:...

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Fall is monarch season, baby! Head out there and enjoy not just the beauty of the flora in the autumn but the glowing orange of the monarch butterflies as well.

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Campground is very pretty and clean. Avoid weekends if you are looking for quiet. Audience is varied: Hikers. Families. Mountain Bikers. Sunset Hike: Scenic Trail (2 mile loop). Fantastic ocean views. Enjoy!

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If you’re into privacy, we recommend sites 1, 2, 3, 4, 26, 29, 30, and 49.

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There are 2 seasonal waterfalls in the park, check ‘em out while you’re there!

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The Satwiwa Cultural Center offers great insight into the once thriving Chumash community and what life was like for them, take a break from hiking and gain some knowledge!

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It definitely gets hot, and after the recent wildfire, shade is not necessarily in abundance, so stock up on sunscreen and water before heading out.

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This is a seriously beautiful park for hiking, be sure to ask the rangers which trails are right for what you are looking for and get out there on the mountains, you won’t regret it.

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Hipcamper Dani

I camped on the sand and regretted it, but camping on the other side seemed really nice. There is a hike you can take from the campground. It is hard to reserve the beach sites for a weekend, so think months and months ahead to get one.

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Hipcamper Ivan

This site is pretty clean, alot of visitors with families and children on the weekend. If you decide to camp last-minute walk-ins be there before 12pm.

Hipcamper Sully

The California coast can be foggy and overcast in the mornings, had a particularly gloomy one here. It'll clear up by noon... I promise!

Hipcamper Joe

Camped here on Memorial Day weekend. California State Parks made some sites available to late bookers, and I was able to book the week before the holiday. In Southern California, that's a real treat as most sites are booked well in advance. Another upside is the ability to burn a real campfire. The not-so-goods: the sites in this campground are close together and there was a lot of noise during the holiday weekend, even after hours. Still, it's a campground nestled between a beach and a mountain, so I chalked this up to sacrifices made for location.

History of Point Mugu State Park

The recorded history of Point Mugu dates to October 10, 1542 when the explorer, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, is thought to have landed at Mugu Lagoon as he charted the coastal waters. Cabrillo named the area Mugu after the native Churnash word mu'wa or muwu, for seashore, beach, or hand of the beach.

During the 1930s and early 1940s, a sand spit between the lagoon and the ocean was the site of the Mugu Fish Camp, which was visited by large numbers of tourists and sports enthusiasts from the Los Angeles area. A fishing pier was added to support deep sea fishing boats operating out of Port Hueneme. A cafe, store, tent cabins and later wooden cabins were constructed. The cafe would be Point Mugu's first Officers' Club.

In 1941 as the United States entered World War II, Mugu became a training area for the Seabees at Port Hueneme.