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Leo Carrillo State Park

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Last week I took a couple of days off to go camping and surfing up in Malibu at Leo Carrillo State Park.

This is a really great getaway and not too far that you could make this a nice weekend trip. The campsite was clean and there are a few nice surf spots nearby. I was excited also to be able to take my dog camping as well. I have been super busy at work and was finally glad to be able to spend some quality time with her camping and hiking.

The campsite is an above average car camping spot. The site is clean, each site has a metal fire pit and there is a lot of shade throughout the entire site. You can park your car next to your reserved spot, drive it down to the beach parking spot, or drive it north to the dog beach. The sun was out most of the time while I was up there so I really couldn’t have asked for nicer weather to take pictures.

Here are some that I took:


Camp, hike or surf…each site had a fire pit, bench, and tent area


Morgan was really well behaved and actually did not bother me too much in the tent at night.

A few notes on Leo Carrillo:

– As you enter the state park welcome center, go right to the campsite, go left to the beach parking area, go straight to the dog beach
– The showers take tokens ($1 for 2 tokens) and the water is warm
– The bathrooms are clean and really nice (nicely stocked toilet paper too!)
– There are lots of surf spots in the area but you have to drive. Booties are also a good idea not only for the cold but because there are tons of rocks up in Malibu that want to destroy your feet
– The cave (that I wasn’t able to explore) is located on the south end of the dog beach. Go at low tide
– Reserve a campsite at Reserve America
– A lot of the campsites along the Southwest (even numbered campsites from 106 to 138) are on sloped hills which may be bothersome. We camped at #138 and set up a portable table next to the fire pit which ended up being useless as all the items would slide right off the table. The best spots I thought were near the middle of the campsite which offered lots of shade during the day.
– A lot of people brought bikes which was a great idea to ride up and down the campsite and some trails. Also, it could get you to and from the beach and campsite quickly
– The campsite actually has WiFi (great if you need it) but I did not even care to bring my computer and actually turned off my phone for the entire time up there

I hope some of that info helps people deciding whether to go or not. Overall it was a great trip. I may be taking another trip up there towards the end of this year or early next year which anybody is welcome to join. Also, if you decide to go… let me know!

Until next time, Cheers.

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Written by jonewantsm3

May 2, 2011 at 1:00 am

Posted in Adventures

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  1. Dude this looks beautiful – I’m down for a trip sometime!

    Daniel

    May 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm


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