Bronson Caves is a 1.0 kilometer 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: 1.0 km Elevation Gain: 23 m 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
rocky
10 days ago

This short trail is so fun! Open space, rocky, awesome flora and the caves! Also, there are many offshoots for a challenging hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Cool photo op, awful for a workout

hiking
17 days ago

Nice quick trail especially good for kids/beginners (we took kids and my 74 yr old mom). Cool cave walk through that the kids loved and the back shows a great view of the Hollywood sign. Not a lot of people when we got their but it quickly got filled up. It was 50/50 masks. Trails are wide so felt safe. For those who want a longer hike, walk back down the trail and pick from 2 trails that are less than 2 miles long. Great little gem!

hiking
3 months ago

Just a short off shoot to the Hollywood sign trail. I had to see where the batmobile came out of the cave!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

I wouldn’t really call this a hike, just a short walk to the cave where they filmed the batmobile coming out. Cool nonetheless though!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Went after light rain fall and was muddy but not terrible. Pleasant brisk walk.

Awesome trail...

4 months ago

if there are so many people that you find it difficult to park, go another time. its a short walk and beautiful when there are few people. otherwise hard pass

hiking
4 months ago

Super short trail. If you want to do some actual hiking however the Hollywood trail is extremely close. The caves are very cool to see!

hiking
5 months ago

So much horse poop at the shared road at the top. Place stank of it for that mile stretch. Very fun hike otherwise.

hiking
5 months ago

Probably the most overrated hike in Los Angeles. A short hike to an empty cave.

hiking
7 months ago

Short and quick addition to some other trails ... but cool to walk in Adam West’s footsteps

Really well maintained. Went on a Wednesday mid morning and there weren’t a ton of people which was nice. I recommend tacking the Bronson Caves onto this hike. They’re 1/2 mile off the trail head and super cool to see

hiking
8 months ago

really peaceful, the structure really blocks out all the sound from the city, and it’s a very easy short hole but definitely worth checking out!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Short. But beautiful place!

hiking
9 months ago

this was a nice short hike you can extend it on a couple of different trails quite a few people for a Wednesday but a nice breeze and everything was very clean I didn't see any graffiti or trash you can do this hike in less than an hour we stretched it out to almost two

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Primitive and hard inclines but worth it for the view.

hiking
10 months ago

Just a quick little hike up to the Bronson Caves. Very picture worthy.

Mon Jun 03 2019

Love this when I'm too tired for a hike but want to be out in nature. It's pretty much just a light walk.

It was a great little walk. Nice flowers, overall great.

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

Delivers as advertised. Very short and easy hike. Great for beginners. We had a child who had never been hiking before. She loved it.

Sun Apr 28 2019

cool hike. the trail further up the road is the better one. DO NOT USE THE PORTOPOTTY. its literally overflowing

hiking
muddy
Mon Apr 08 2019

Great spot with lots of history.

hiking
Fri Apr 05 2019

Beautiful little walk to small cave and view of Hollywood hills

hiking
Thu Apr 04 2019

It’s short hike. It’s cool for kids and family. I would prefer something much more tough.

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 03 2019

Such a awesome trail for kids and our dog. We had so much fun looking at the caves and the Hollywood sign. Will definitely some back soon.

hiking
Sat Feb 23 2019

easy walk to a neat cave that is currently filled with water

Thu Feb 07 2019

Love this trail! One of my favorites!

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