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Visting LA but don't have a friend to crash with and aren't a hotel person? (me neither. showers? who needs them.) Musch Camp could be your savior.
It is not easy to get there--GPS sends you into a neighborhood with extremely steep, narrow, and windy streets and there is nowhere to park but those steep, narrow, and windy streets if you listen to the robots. DON'T DO IT. Approach from the south, through the actual Topanga State Park, and hike in about 2 miles, where you'll find concrete bathrooms. Hang a right and pitch in one of the 8 sites under the fragrant eucalyptus.
Yeah, this campground is pretty lame, really. It does have nice amenities, but it's so accessible from Topanga Village, it will be the very off night when you find it a secluded secret gem. Last night we had to share the campground with a group of Japanese millennials who threw a mini-Coachella for themselves all night, complete with oonz music on a stereo, led lights and a full cooler of booze they humped up from the parking lot. They would not call it quits, even after repeated pleas from the other campers. Yes, the bathrooms are nice, yes, the downed tree log furniture is cool, but it's also a scrubby, dust-choked douche-magnet. Caveat emptor.
A quiet and cozy escape! A hike-in trail leads you to a serene little clearing with running drinking water, bathrooms, and I think even horse tie ups. There are 8 sites surrounded by eucalyptus trees and large oaks (my favorite part of the Malibu woods). Wake up and check out the Eagle Rock (I think it's called?) trail--about a mile and a half. Excellent quick getaway if you're itching to escape the city. And hey, if you don't want to pay for parking, you can find some spots near a different entrance (where google maps will take you). Get there early, there are only about 2 or 3 spots.
Perfect middle-ground between an off-the-beaten-track camp site and a glampsite!
Great toilet and basin facilities, water taps and near the ranger station (for safety...!). But you gotta hike a bit to get here so can't bring too much stuff. Lovely sunrises and beautiful hikes for the afternoon. Come here to get away from LA for a night. Completely resets you!
Great spot if you're looking to stay near the city and escape for a night. It's a hike-in only camp so no bro's with car stereos blasting and 30 cases of beer! Very quiet with a great hike and perfect sunset view. If you don't have a car and want a big day adventure you can take the bus to the Getty Villa and hike in! (about 3 hours)
But, on a related note, be sure to follow the (rather specific) parameters for parking, as a ticket can put a damper on any excursion.
For anyone who enjoys trail running, the path to Eagle Rock makes for a great (and challenging) workout.
Went here for my first backpacking experience. Loved it. Paid $10 for parking and $7 for the overnight stay at the parking lot machine, then hiked the mile up to the trail camp. There are about 8 spots, as well as 2 sinks and toilets which are clean as well. Half of the camping spots are a bit shaded, while the others are in sunlight most of the day. I went on a Tuesday night and there were many spots available. The hiking here is also amazing, especially the hike from Trippet Ranch to the trail camp, and then onward to Eagle Rock, where the views up top are amazing. The west side of the trail loop is rather ‘primitive’, which I love. On the other side of the loop is a fire road, with more foot traffic, and its more maintained.
If you want a small taste of backpacking and getting out of the city this is it. I've camped here twice while doing a workshop in pacific palisades so I hiked in at night each night . It's safe I believe but a little unnerving ! The first time was so quiet and peaceful . The second time an entire Boy Scout group was camping and running a muck screaming playing tag with apparently no parents taking into consideration the other campers . So it's a gamble but worth it if you happen to be there in a quiet night. I recommend trying to hike up to eagles rock to watch the sunrise . It's incredible.
Do NOT follow the google maps . It leads you up an extremely dangerous narrow dirt road on the side of a mountain and I assumed I was being lead to the wrong place so I had to back my van down maybe a quarter mile before being able to turn around . Scariest thing I've ever done . Now I see on here that there are parking spaces and it is a way to get there but I'd recommend just heading to the paved entrance to Topanga park .
Potable water is available
Fire is not allowed (stove okay)
sites are small and not very private
When you put the destination on your GPS, dont type "musch hike in camp", type in "Trippet Ranch." This will get you to the parking lot where you can pay for parking and camping permits through the automated machine.
History of Topanga State Park
The word Topanga is an old word coming from the Shoshonean language meaning ‘above’, in reference to the canyon being located above the flood waters of Topanga Creek. Tongva and Chumash people inhabited this area for thousands of years. Now, the park is located entirely within the Los Angeles city limits and is considered the world’s largest wildland within the boundaries of a major city.