09 Jul

Hiking to the MASH Movie Set

Radar, Hawkeye, Margaret Houlihan, Father Mulcahy, Klinger…. Who is your favorite character from M*A*S*H? Have you seen all the episodes and already have the theme song ringing in your head now? Whether you are a M*A*S*H fan or just love getting out in nature to explore, you need to start planning a trip out to Conejo Valley and Malibu Creek State Park.

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Hiking to the MASH Movie Set

The hike to the M*A*S*H movie set is a 2.5 mile (5 mile round trip) moderate hike that takes about an hour out and an hour back. There are many hikes in the Conejo Valley area that you and your family can explore while you’re near the M*A*S*H hike in Malibu Creek State Park.

Much of the hike is fairly flat but there is one pretty substantial hill to climb on the way out to the movie set. The hike is not stroller or wheel chair friendly. Although some of the trail is fairly flat, there are areas that are rocky, uphill or over roots.

Malibu Creek State Park

The easiest way to find the trailhead for the M*A*S*H hike is to park in the main parking lot of Malibu Creek State Park. There is a $12.00 parking fee to enter the park.

You will start your hike right behind the restrooms at the main trailhead. You follow the easily marked sign and walk down a few steps and get on Crags Road.

Trailhead MASH Site

It is 2.3 miles out to the M*A*S*H Site and then you return on the same trail. Much of the hike is on Crags Road, making it very easy to stay on the trail.

Some of the trail is nice and shaded making it a very pleasant walk under the gorgeous trees.

M*A*S*H hiking trail

Make sure you take plenty of water. It may be less than 5 miles round trip, but this is not a hike where you want to run out of water. We always make sure each member of the family carries their own Contigo water bottle but we also take extra bottles in our backpack.

Hiking at Malibu Creek State Park



There are signs clearly marked all along the trail so it is easy to find the M*A*S*H site. At one point, you cross over a small concrete bridge and you end up on a smaller, narrow trail.

Mash Site Hike


Right at the 2.3 mile marker, you will come around a small bend and see the first M*A*S*H ambulance truck. This is such a fun place to get lots of pictures.

Keep walking just a little further and you will find another rusty ambulance as well as some picnic tables.

There is a selfie photo stand behind the truck so you can get a group picture.

Photo Selfie Stand at the M*A*S*H site

While we were there, we met another hiker who stopped to talk about his memories of the M*A*S*H show and his time in the military. He volunteered to take our picture and we of course returned the favor.

Family picture at the M*A*S*H hike

Take advantage of the shaded picnic area to get a snack and relax before heading back along the same trail. We always pack water and snacks when we hike. Since we had been at the Jelly Belly Factory earlier that week, we had candy corn to add to our peanuts! Have you tried this snack? Yum!

Snack time at the M*A*S*H set

Make sure you take the short hike up the hill behind the picnic area to the place where they landed the helicopter when they were filming the TV show. This is a great overlook and location for true fans of the show!

View from the helicopter landing site on the MASH hike


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Have you watched the M*A*S*H TV Show? Would you want to hike out to the area where they filmed the show? If you’ve been, I’d love to hear your stories and see your photos!


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  1. Seana Turner

    July 9, 2018

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    I was and am a big fan of MASH. I still watch the reruns all the time. It was funny, smart and poignant. I would love this hike. Since I live on the East Coast, I don’t see it happening, so I’m so happy to see all these photos:)

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