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Malibu Creek State Park: Near Calabasas, California. (Scenery).

Not far from the filming site where Hawkeye and Trapper John operated (in all their assorted ways) on the television show M*A*S*H, there's some movement along the trail. In the fading light, the animal appears to be a coyote. But in reality it's a pair of flirting and purring bobcats, content with each other and obviously content with their home in what has been described as the Yosemite of Southern California: Malibu Creek State Park. Its volcanic outcroppings, canyons, and valley oak savanna have been used in movies, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and the original Planet of the Apes. The 10,000-acre park extends down toward the Pacific to the beach and wetlands of Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

WHERE: South of the intersection of Las Virgenes Rd. and Mulholland Hwy., 4 miles south of U.S. 101 and 6 miles north of Pacific Coast Hwy.

WHEN: Year-round.

COST: $2 per person.

CAMPING: 50 sites from $12; (800) 444-7275.

CONTACT: (818) 880-0367 or www.parks.ca.gov.
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Author:Jaffe, Matthew
Publication:Sunset
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:May 1, 2002
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