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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
Yes
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
Yes
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Nestled at the foot of the Santa Ana mountains, Sycamore Canyon Campground offers 58 tent sites that are a brief walk from Sycamore Cove Beach and with close access to hiking trails in the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area. Most sites have abundant shade thanks to the overarching foliage, and each is equipped with a barbecue and a picnic table. On the western edge of the campground, Sycamore Canyon Road leads into the heart of the Santa Monica mountains, showcasing the sparse sage scrub, chaparral, and sycamore savannah.

With restrooms and showers, Sycamore Canyon is luxurious for a campground, but these are relatively common in Southern California. More noteworthy is the close access to wilderness and the calm shores of the Pacific Ocean just across the Pacific Coast Highway. Sycamore Cove Beach includes a day use area with picnic tables and restrooms, and it is patrolled by lifeguards.

On paper, Sycamore Canyon Campground is an excellent place to call home when escaping the city for a weekend at the beach. It can get crowded, however, especially on holiday weekends when the campground may be fully reserved, so make plans early and be prepared for campground noise that might continue into the campground’s quiet hours.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Price per night (basic site)

45.00 $ (37.78 €)

Pros

Adjacent to Sycamore Cove Beach. Access to Point Mugu hiking trails. Shaded sites. Open year round.

Cons

Dogs aren't allowed on backcountry trails. No glass allowed.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

California State Parks

Reservation phone number

1 (310) 457-8143

Features

Flushing toilets
Showers
Potable water
Picnic tables

Location

Field Guide

Comments

03/13/2018
The information in "Cons" on this page as of March 13, 2018 is a bit outdated. From the state's website:
Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park's day use areas, campgrounds and beaches. Dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails or dirt roads.
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ALCOHOL consumption is permitted by those 21 years of age or older. Glass containers are not allowed beyond your campsite or on the beach.
Sources:
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630
http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/630/files/PtMaguCampgroundHIPDF051111.pdf
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