It’s been more than three decades since Hawkeye Pierce and his group of doctors, nurses, and soldiers bid the small screen adieu. But nostalgic M*A*S*H fans can still visit the real-world site of the Korean army medical camp where the beloved show was set.
The show’s Korean camp set was created on a movie ranch owned by 20th Century Fox, situated in the Santa Monica mountains. For over a decade, between 1972 and 1983, most scenes were shot at this location. The site was later donated by the studio and became a part of the Malibu Creek State Park, with multiple hiking trails running through the M*A*S*H locations.
Several years after the filming stopped, the props left behind were rusted, overgrown, and almost unrecognizable. A partial restoration in 2007 ensured that the trucks, vans, and tables used in the series were cleaned up, and information boards with photographs were added. A path was cleared to reach the helicopter landing site seen on the series. Even without the M*A*S*H connection, the hike is popular for its stunning mountain trails.
Know Before You Go
The site is not at the entrance, it's a good hike in, several miles, so bring your walking boots!