Sierra Club Hike: Malibu Creek State Park M*A*S*H Site
On March 24, 2013, my friends Karen, Cristina and I went on a Sierra Club hike in Malibu Creek State Park. Notice I did not say we went with the Sierra Club. After a slight SNAFU in logistics, we set off on our own hike to the old M*A*S*H T.V. show filming site accompanied by two other Sierra Club members, Tom & Dave, who met us in the parking lot and appointed me leader.
It was an easy, beautiful 5-ish mile hike. We took the Crags Road trail, which fluctuates between being a wide road to what I like best, a narrow one-(wo)man trail. This trail is a rocky creek bed, and I was amazed whenever we saw mountain bikers maneuvering over and around the rocks and boulders.
We found the foundation of what may have been, at one time, the early 1900’s Crags Country Club. At the M*A*S*H site I saw the famous signpost that points to the characters’ various home towns and climbed up “Radar’s Hill” to see where they landed the helicopters. (Fun!) On the way back we checked out Century Lake, which was the Crags Country Club’s pool back in the day.
Along the way it was interesting to hear about Tom & Dave’s adventures leading canoe trips in Morro Bay, and I learned a lot about bees: there’s nothing to be afraid of if they’re black carpenter bees, stand still if they’re regular honey bees, and run for your life through thickets if it’s killer bees. (The branches confuse them.)
We met up with the rest of the Sierra Club at the M*A*S*H site and continued our hike out to Malibu Lake dam with them.
This hike is an easy hike with minimal elevation gain. I highly recommend it. I want to go back and see the Rock Pool and search for Mr. Blanding’s Dream House.
Check this website for trail descriptions and docent-lead hikes.
Here are my pictures, which you can click on to pull up a slide show with captions: