We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.
Sorry, there are no tours or activities available to book online for the date(s) you selected. Please choose a different date.
50Reviews3Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 24
  • 18
  • 4
  • 3
  • 1
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
John C wrote a review Jan 2020
Ottawa, Canada361 contributions122 helpful votes
+1
This has been on my list for a couple of decades. I visited the real interior MASH sound stage in 1981, and wanted to see the exterior set some day. This past weekend we made a trip to LAX and Malibu just to hike in Malibu Creek state Park to the MASH set site. It was worth the walk. We also saw several deer and a lot of vultures and hawks. The site is well preserved and the historical markers have been replaced since being destroyed by the Malibu fires in the past few years. The signage at the site is terrific. There is a covered picnic table spot were the mess tent once stood. The park has installed a selfie-post with a clamp so you can take a photo of yourself at the famous sign post using your own camera or phone. There area couple of burned out vehicles from the filming days, and a newer acquisition ambulance open for photos. Thank you to Fox studios and the state of California for preserving this place and enhancing it with extra features.
Read more
Date of experience: January 2020
3 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Thomasero wrote a review Oct 2019
Czech Republic678 contributions165 helpful votes
+1
Our family is big fan of the MASH TV series. Being on California trip, it was must for us to go there. We were lucky to visit the site roughly one week before 2018 fire at the Malibu Creek State Park. Hiked in November and was still quite hot. Snacks, sunscreen, solid shoes and water supplies are must. Can´t imagine the visit in the real summertime. We had no problem finding that place. Anyway, well worth effort, goosebump experience and our personal top three highligt of our three weeks California trip. Last but not least - big thanks to all who take care about this place and enabled us this unforgettable experience.
Read more
Date of experience: November 2018
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Doug T. wrote a review Jul 2019
2 contributions15 helpful votes
I'm really glad I did this hike yesterday! Granted, it was 100º and bright sunshine, making it a very hot hike. But being from Arizona, I knew to prepare well by covering almost all exposed skin, using a broad hat, slathering on sunscreen--twice, pausing a few times in the shade, eating snacks, and taking WAY more water than I thought I would need. Sure enough, I ran into a whole family that looked overheated and was able to refill one of their bottles while still having enough for my return trip. For about the first half or more of the hike, you're on a wide dirt road that's obvious to follow. Lots of people went in as far as the rock pools and Century Lake for day use fun. Then it gets a lot less crowded. Other write-ups have said it was an entirely flat hike. Not true. There's one section on the way out that steadily climbs for about 1/8 or 1/4 mile, but it's not bad. Nothing too steep. And it makes coming back faster. Overall, it is an easy hike compared to most day hikes I've taken...except for the brutal heat if you go on a day like I did. Now, about that creek crossing. Eventually, as you hike along the right bank of Malibu Creek, you come across a big cement platform on your left sticking into the creek that looks like the foundation for an old bridge. Don't use it. It dead ends. Instead, stay on the righthand bank for about 100 more yards, as the trail becomes a single track hiking trail. Soon you'll see two large trees spanning the creek. Everyone I saw had no trouble balancing their way across, but granted, the river was low in late July. There might be other places to cross, too. As soon as you cross the logs, don't turn right instantly. Go straight forward about 25-50 steps further on a trail through the brush until you find an obvious trail junction. Turn right at this T-shaped intersection. From here, it's easy to follow the trail to the MASH site, about 1/4 mile further as it curves around to the left. At the site, I made sure to look around, not just on the main grounds but also up on the helicopter pad and down to the creekbed where the "minefield" was filmed. I also went beyond the MASH site just a bit and saw that it becomes a wider road again, I walked on this section to picture all those scenes that took place outside of camp, like when vehicles would drive in to camp, as in the much-awaited arrival of Marilyn Monroe, or when people would drive off, like Henry Bake's departure or Trapper and Hawkeye heading out to interact with locals. The return hike is easy to retrace and faster to hike. If not in a rush, you can dip in the water to cool off at various spots, including right at the MASH site before you turn back. I hope this helps. Have a great time! P.S. As others have mentioned, I was lucky enough to have a helicopter fly by right when I was at the MASH site, making me feel like I was in the opening sequence. My guess is there are tourist flights over the canyons, but inside my head I could hear the speakers saying "Incoming wounded. All personnel report to the O.R."
Read more
Date of experience: July 2019
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Ron H wrote a review Jul 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Gang graffiti everywhere, what a craphole California has become. Its not safe to go there becuase some gang members want to have a picnic. Bring a knife or how the gang members call it that hang there, a shank.
Read more
Date of experience: June 2019
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Andrew wrote a review Jun 2019
14 contributions4 helpful votes
I set off on this hike last week and was told at the entrance to the parking that it was straight forward, so we didn't bother with a map. There were signs saying the MASH site was closed due to heavy rain but people said you could still get there. My friend and I followed a group of people past the visitors center and on to a swimming point where we realized we'd gone the wrong way. At this point my friend turned back because of the heat but I continued on up over the mountain and past the swimming area that everyone else seemed to be heading to. Signs for the MASH site had stopped and there was just one saying Forest Trail. It was hot and I was alone and I thought I was going the wrong way so eventually I turned back. Never got to the MASH site but did a lot more mileage than the distance stated on the signs. I was disappointed because I'd come all the way from Australia. I realize I should have bought a map, for piece of mind at least! Maybe I'd have got there if I'd kept going!
Read more
Date of experience: June 2019
3 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about The Mash Site