Car Camping at Malibu Creek Campground
Malibu Creek Campground has reopened. I’ve booked a group site for Saturday night. We’ll use the whole weekend to explore this amazing area. Join scheduled hikes, venture out on your own or relax at camp. There’s plenty to do so bring whatever gear you’ll need to fill your weekend with fun. Optional potluck Saturday night for dinner.
Payment secures your spot. Contact me with your preferred method of payment. $30 per person (no additional cost for kids) includes parking at the group site up to a certain number of cars. Refunds will be issued for cancellations made before June 15. No refund after unless event is cancelled. Space is limited, carpooling is encouraged. Any cars over the site limit will have to pay a $12 fee.
Hikes will be posted separately or you can do your own thing:
Want to get some swimming in? Bring your swimsuit and towel to enjoy the iconic Rock Pool. It’s an awesome swimming hole surrounded by porous rock offering various spots to climb and boulder. Filled with wildlife so be on the lookout for salamanders, newts, toads, frogs, turtles and ducks.
Looking to break out the climbing gear? With range in difficulty from 5.8 to 5.10c, the park has a solid list of climbing in the area to satisfy all your climbing inquiries. The most easily accessible is the Apes Wall.
Time to dust off the bike? The awesome bike trails meander through the backdrop of some of Hollywood’s most famous scenes, not to mention the striking landscape of Southern California.
Bird watchers might have some luck spotting loons, boobies, cormorants, herons, egrets, vultures, geese, ducks, hawks, eagles, sparrows, cranes and wrens. Other animals spotted in the area include snakes, lizards, bats, raccoons, skunks, badgers, coyotes, foxes, rabbits and deer.
ABOUT THE PARK
Malibu Creek State Park, just 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles, features hiking, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding opportunities. Fourteen-mile Malibu Creek is the principal watercourse of the Santa Monica Mountains that ends at Malibu Lagoon. There are 15 miles of streamside trail through oak and sycamore woodlands on chaparral-covered slopes.
Terrain ranges from airy, golden meadows to craggy peaks to cool, rushing waters running through valleys and gorges. Check out some great trails. A walk through any of the above won’t leave much mystery as to why it captured the imagination of Hollywood directors. You can also take a walk around Century Lake, located toward the center of the park. In 1903 a 50 foot dam was built to create the 7 acre lake. Redwood trees were plated a few years later and stand as the southermost species in CA.
WHAT TO BRING
The campground includes running water, flush toilets, picnic tables and hot showers (bring dollar bills to buy tokens). Fires may be allowed in the firepits so I will provide wood. Bring whatever else will make you comfortable.
• Camp Chair
• Appropriate clothing for day, night; weather can vary
• Shelter (EZ Up) and Sun Protection
• Potluck food Saturday night and beverage of choice
• Games or Guitar
• Tent, no hammocks allowed 🙁
Culturally, this area was the center of Chumash Native American life for centuries. One of the park’s most significant points of interest is the Sepulveda Adobe, which was constructed in 1863 on what had been part of an early Spanish land grant. This historic structure was restored in 2003 and is now open to the public. In the early 1900’s another adobe was built along Malibu Creek by Johnny Mott, a famous LA attorney. With only the dramatic stone fireplace left standing, it is known today as the Mott Adobe ruins. Perhaps the most prominent frequent guest at the Mott Adobe was President Herbert Hoover.
Previous to being opened to the public in 1976, the park was used extensively to film numerous movies and TV shows, such as Planet of the Apes and M*A*S*H. Most of the park’s land holdings were donated by Bob Hope, with later significant acquisitions from Ronald Reagan and 20th Century Fox.
The Fine Print
PLEASE – Know your limits and abilities. Bring snacks and drink plenty of liquids when hiking. Check weather conditions and dress accordingly and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watching out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, uneven footing, spectacular views, beautiful fauna all while interacting with awesome (usually) fellow hikers can be extremely hazardous, rewarding and fun.
The Farzan Rule: Posted hike times are the time the hike starts or we leave from a posted shuttle location. I’m aware other Meetup groups offer a grace period for late arrivals; we don’t. It’s your responsibility to know the location of the meeting spot and be there and ready to participate at the posted time. If you have any concerns about the directions feel free to contact the organizer of the event, preferably in advance of the event and not at the start time. I’m of the opinion that it’s not fair to delay an event when the majority of attendees have arrived on-time. (so named after a conversation I had with a certain un-named member)
RSVP’s: If you RSVP for an event be responsible and update your RSVP if your plans change. If your plans change at the last second and you’re not able to update your RSVP also let us know. In my opinion a no-show is someone who has no regard for following the guidelines we request from our members and will risk being removed from future events that have a limit.
VHC HIKE RATING SCALE
Rating a hike is subjective, meaning the difficulty of a hike will be in direct relation to how often you hike and the type of hike you prefer. Keep in mind that any hike can have the following: un-even hiking surfaces, various obstructions, water and/or water crossings or bouldering and/or rock hopping. A great hike will have all of these!
1 – A long walk
2 – 4 mile hike w/little elevation gain
3 – 5 mile hike w/up to 1000 ft. elevation gain
4 – 5+ mile hike w/up to 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increases at times)
5 – 7+ mile hike w/over 1500 ft. elevation gain (heart rate increasing even more at times)
6 – 7+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be trying to remember how to perform CPR)
7 – 5+ mile hike w/over 2000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be muttering expletives to yourself)
8 – 10+ mile hike w/over 3500 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be angry with the hike leader)
9 – 10+ mile hike w/over 5000 ft. elevation gain (at times you might be thinking of reporting the hike leader to the authorities)
10 – Use your imagination
Class 3 Scrambling: Scrambling or un-roped climbing. You must use your hands at times to hold the terrain or find your route. This may be caused by a combination of boulders, steepness and extreme terrain. Some Class 3 routes have ropes in place for assistance.
DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ BELOW IN ITS ENTIRETY:
I am a volunteer (i.e. not liable for the group). Safety is a priority for everyone in the group. Think of this as hiking with a group of friends.
Outdoor sports and other events we plan can be inherently dangerous and accidents may happen. By participating in any posted event, you’re taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. The VHC Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. If you choose to sign up for any VHC Meetup events, you are releasing the VHC Meetup Group and it’s organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup “Terms of Service” located on the bottom of the Meetup website. Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience.
Trail statistics are approximate. For safety purposes always assume they are underestimated. But don’t be disappointed if they are overestimated. Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.
Trail descriptions are based on previous hikes. Current conditions are unknown until arrival. Expect the unexpected and plan accordingly.
The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with the activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Hiking With Dean Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities per the ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND LIABILITY WAIVER.
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