The television series “M*A*S*H,” which ran from 1972 to 1983, is set in Korea, but the exteriors were filmed at the former 20th Century Fox Ranch in Agoura Hills, California. For decades the land hosted many productions, including the original “Planet of the Apes,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and several “Tarzan” films. The Robert Altman film upon which the TV show is based likewise filmed exteriors here. The location was later sold and today is known as Malibu Creek State Park, which is open to the public and serves as a popular hiking destination. There are entrance fees to park at the trailheads, which vary depending on the length of your planned visit. The hike itself is about 4.75-miles round trip, on mostly flat terrain, although there’s at least one section that goes up a short incline. It’s a manageable hike for most, but depending on the weather, it can become more arduous on hotter days. Be sure to plan accordingly and bring a lot of water if you intend to visit. The trail running Craigs Rd will lead you directly to the “M*A*S*H” set. Only the exteriors filmed here, interiors shot on Stage 09 at Fox Studios in Century City.
LOCATION: Craigs Rd, Malibu Creek State Park, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (GPS coordinates: 34°05’47.6″N, 118°44’41.2″W)
Here is a restored vehicle that is on display at the site.
Several widfires have come through the set over the years, leaving some of the other vehicles in very damaged and aged condition.
There are several signs around the area, noting the history of the show.