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Sitting just off Pacific Highway Route 1, somewhere between Los Angeles and Ventura, Escondido Canyon Park offers travelers a quick afternoon hiking spot during their adventures through The Golden State. At just a five-minute drive away, the scenic town of Malibu provides the easiest access to the park, as well as a scenic place to stock up on fuel, groceries, and any other necessary supplies.
For such a small park, Escondido Canyon Park really does pack a punch. It’s much-talked-about rugged terrain, rolling hillsides, tranquil creek, and majestic waterfalls encourage plenty of travelers to book an RV in Los Angeles County and explore the landscapes for themselves. So, what are you waiting for, load up the family, and go explore today!
Running straight through the middle of Escondido Canyon Park is a four-mile, multi-use trail that leads to the park’s main feature – its three-tiered waterfall. Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders camping with an RV nearby can all use this picturesque trail to reach the falls! After parking up at the foothills of the Malibu Hills, visitors will need to walk through a series of residential streets, home to some very impressive mansions, to reach the start of the trailhead, which is well signposted. As the trail is relatively well-maintained, has clear signs, and only gains around 300 feet in elevation, it’s suitable for almost any ability level.
The beginning of the path leads you through woodland areas of relatively flat terrain, laden with small and manageable river crossings. After around a mile or two, the first waterfall will appear before you, but don’t stop here; the waterfalls only become more impressive! After the first waterfall, the path begins to steepen and narrow, so make sure you pack some sturdy walking shoes for your Escondido Canyon Park camping trip! After passing a second waterfall, you won’t be too far away from the main event – the impressive Escondido Waterfall that cascades water from 150-feet high. It truly is an impressive sight, so don’t forget to bring a picnic to enjoy while admiring the scenery!
From the trail, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the famous Malibu coast, the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate after your hike. Luckily, Malibu has a 27-mile coastline, full of stunning beaches and stunning limestone cliff scenery. Choose from the secluded bays of El Matador Beach, the bustling surfing beach of Westward, or simply relaxing on the family-friendly Leo Carrillo State Beach.
RV camping at Escondido Canyon Park isn’t possible. So, the next best thing is to head to one of the nearby campgrounds. If prime beach and city access is what you’re looking for, then the Malibu Beach RV Park will suit you well. Situated in the center of town, this coastal RV park is more than well-equipped for the modern camper. Visitors will be delighted to learn that the majority of sites are equipped with full hook-ups suitable for any luxury RV rental, and each comes with its own picnic table and fire pit. Anyone traveling in a large vehicle will be accommodated for thanks to the big-rig friendly and pull-thru sites. Additional facilities include a cable TV connection, general store, free WiFi, laundry room, and shared restrooms.
Travelers searching for a more organic experience while camping near Escondido Canyon Park may find the Malibu Creek State Park more to their liking. Nestled further into the coastal hills, campsites here are dry camping only, but flushing toilets and hot water showers are available on a cost-per-use basis. Campers will also have access to a nearby dump station and drinking water tap.
Along with its world-famous theme parks and Hollywood connections, Los Angeles is full of alternative sightseeing attractions, great for a family day out. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser is the Los Angeles Zoo, which has been providing visitors with fantastic entertainment since 1966. Besides its extensive array of animal species, including gorillas, Asian elephants, and Bornean orangutans, visitors can time their visits with one of the many free shows and activities organized by the zoo. These can include anything from a seal demonstration to an otter talk, an elephant care demonstration to an hour in the petting zoo!
When you rent a camper near Escondido Canyon Park, you’ll be just a stone throws away from one of the state’s most significant art museums, also known as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This vast museum is home to more than 150,000 works of art, including both contemporary and ancient pieces. In the past, exhibits have included works from Henri Moore, Picasso, and Kandinsky.
Just adjacent to the museum is the fascinating La Brea Tar Pits. These tar pits consist of natural asphalt, which has been slowly bubbling in this spot for thousands of years. From time to time, these bubbles rise with the fossilized remains of animals, plants, and insects that were alive during the Ice Age. The pits are used as a place of scientific research but can also be observed by the general public from a designated platform.