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M-A-S-H Television Show Set Hike | Malibu Hiking Trail

M*A*S*H Television Show Set – Malibu Hike Overview: Located in the heart of Malibu Creek State Park, the M*A*S*H Hike is a fun #GoHikeIt back into old Hollywood. The hike traverses through the heart of the Malibu Creek State Park & Santa Monica Mountains to the set of M*A*S*H, a popular 1970s & 1980s television show about the team of Army doctors during the Korean War. The television show ran for 11 seasons and over 250 episodes were created with many of them filmed in the Malibu Creek State Park area.

There are many relics left over from the original television show, including abandoned jeeps and Army vehicles. The California State Park has add several descriptions to help hikers visualize how the area looked during the show’s filming era. Additionally, in 2010 a restored Army jeep was added to the entrance of the set. This is a perfect vehicle to add a picturesque element to the canyon’s backdrop.

The hike is relatively flat and a good entry level hike hiking adventures for families or new hikers. There are also picnic tables at the set area, which makes for a perfect picnic hiker or area to relax and rest.

If you park, in the Malibu Creek State Park parking lot, a $15 day parking fee is required. There are also some options to park along Mulholland Drive, but use cation and pay attention to the off limit signs.

Estimated Time: 2-3 Hours (picnic tables available at the MASH TV Show Set) 

Total Distance: 3-5 Miles Round-Trip (depending on where you start the hike) 

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M*A*S*H ran for 11 seasons

Located in the Heart of Santa Monica Mountains

256 Episodes of M*A*S*H were filmed

The State Park Consists of 8,215 Acres

Malibu Creek State Park Opened to the public in 1976

Dog Friendly

No, dogs are not permitted in the Malibu Creek State Park. Only service dogs.

When to Go

Spring, Winter or Fall: Malibu Creek State Park can be extremely hot during the summer months. Therefore, it’s better to experience this Malibu hike during the cooler spring, fall or winter months.

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Trail Map & Directions

Address for GPS: Malibu Creek State Park, 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Intensity Levels

Barry-the-Bear: This hike really got the blood flowing! Not only was I excited to see the set of a classic TV show, I was equally excited to hike in Malibu!
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Larry-the-Lion: It was harder to hike out of the M*A*S*H trail, as we had to descend up some switchbacks go get back to our car. However, the overall hike to the TV set was flat and manageable. I’m glad we brought our nice camera equipment to document the experience!
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Chris-the-Cheetah: The canyons leading to the M*A*S*H set are extremely beautiful! It was hard to realize that I was still in Southern California, as I was incredibly impressed by the towering cliffs and rocky mountains that transcend into the canyon’s basin. These trails are relatively flat, which makes it a great terrain for trail running.
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Why We Liked It

The M*A*S*H Malibu Hike is an fun destination #GoHikeIt adventure! During our hike to the M*A*S*H set, we eagerly anticipated exploring the old Army vehicles and remains of this television set. As a bonus, we impressed by the scenic backdrop of the Santa Monica Mountains that transcended throughout the Malibu Creek State Park. When we arrived at the set, our anticipation was rewarded as we explored the new Army truck that was recently added to the set area.

The hike itself is not too challenging, but the beauty surrounding the trail is incredible and worth the experience!

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