Bronson Caves

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Bronson Caves is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, California that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles that has become famous as a filming location, especially known for the "bat cave" scenes in the Batman TV series of the 1960s. It's an easy, off-leash, kid friendly hike with much more strenuous extensions available. In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry, originally named Brush Canyon, for excavation of crushed rock used in the construction of city streets. The quarry ceased operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves became known as the Bronson Caves after a nearby street, giving the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon (the same street indirectly provided the stage name for actor Charles Bronson, who chose the name of the Bronson Gate at Hollywood's Paramount Studios, which in turn derived its name from Bronson Street). The hike itself is really more of a walk up to the caves/tunnels; however, three blazed trails abound from the cavern site. None are marked, but they are easily recognizable from the cavern site: 1. Connect into the Brush Canyon trail (heading North) following a parallel path with Canyon Drive (NOTE: Steep and dangerous grade) 2. Connect to Hollywood and/or Western Canyon roads via a 1 1/4 mile route called the Griffitite Serpentine (NOTE: Steep and dangerous grade) 3. Continue south on trail from canyon to an area known for it's quartzite beach pebbles (a favorite for kids)

walking
2 days ago

Short and easy trail but the pay off is that you can say you went to the original Adam West Batcave!

Very cool

Also saw a bunch of little animals on the way, which was fun.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy and short. Caves are semi cool, and you can see the Hollywood sign after you pass the caves. Good place to bring out of towners who can’t handle much incline or long treks

25 days ago

Super easy nice warm up

hiking
1 month ago

easy.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy! If you’re a beginner on hiking this is a good place to start. Easy mellow very chill, early mornings are best, super empty so you feel like you’re there alone. Good for dogs and kids, awesome pics on a clear sunny day.

3 months ago

Super easy walking trail and open space for kids to explore

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike with 3 1/2 year old grandson, loved the Batman caves. Playground at parking lot entrance which was nice.

5 months ago

Short, but sweet. Came early and parked in the first lot to the right. Free parking. Ton of people walking/hiking with their dogs. The trail is off to the right, but if you miss it and keep going straight there is a map and it’ll direct you back. There is one entrance into the cave, but three exit points! Pretty cool.

hiking
6 months ago

We parked outside the gate and walked to the marked trail head. It was just a dirt road up to the caves, but they were fun to loop through for the kids a few times and we also climbed up a small hill to get some good pictures with the Hollywood sign, which also got them excited.

6 months ago

Very easy hike. Great to do with kids. The cave at the end is fun for the kids to run around in and explore.

6 months ago

Sweet, easy trail. Great for photos and Hollywood sign is visible if you climb a bit.

6 months ago

Quick and easy hike. Parking is tight. Very cool cave and view of the Hollywood Sign.

hiking
7 months ago

Great light hike. Awesome views of the Hollywood sign.

hiking
7 months ago

awesome low traffic super easy hike to see some cool caves and view the hollywood sign

7 months ago

good place for family...

hiking
7 months ago

Very easy hike that takes you to the cave where the 1960s batman cave is located.

PARKING: it gets really packed and filled quickly. I arrived around 10am and it was dash to wait on someone leaving.

TRAIL HEAD: kinda easy to miss cause there aren't signs or markings unless you have GPS. but as you continue walking down canyon drive, the first wide path you see to the right will lead you up to the caves. the hike itself is really short but there are less visible hikes once you've reach the caves - but as the description up there mentions, its really steep with very loose gravel so mind your step and take your time if you're planning to prolong the adventure to a higher elevation.

Has anyone else seen the new Batman Ninja trailer? THAT WAS AMAZING!

hiking
7 months ago

Going to this cave is like having sex for the first time there is a lot of build up and then 2 seconds later it’s over. So it’s nice if you are a fan of the 1960s Batman series, but there is not much to this hike.

7 months ago

It was quite underwhelming after reading all the hype. if you happen to stumble upon it or want a SUPER easy walk to something a little interesting it is enjoyable.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy trail. Great for kids. The caves are fun to explore.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy short hike. Cool cave.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy trail with cool caves at the loop. Also really nice views of the Hollywood sign.

hiking
10 months ago

Super fun for kids!

10 months ago

Beautiful caves and scenery surrounding, highly recommended!

hiking
11 months ago

Had an awesome time walking through the caves!

hiking
11 months ago

Super easy. Used it as a cool down from the treacherous other trail

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Good hike for kids. Not much of a hike if you really want to get in some mileage. Definitely good for little ones, nice place for them to run around in and explore the caves. You can also get a small view of the Hollywood sign if you hike a bit towards the rocky section.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Very short but great for kids

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A quick and sweet hike

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great hike with the kids

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Super short hike. Not much to see, but a nice easy hike.

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