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)

5 days ago

Super easy walking trail and open space for kids to explore

hiking
19 days ago

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

2 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
3 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.

3 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Great light hike. Awesome views of the Hollywood sign.

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months ago

good place for family...

hiking
4 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
4 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.

4 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy short hike. Cool cave.

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Super fun for kids!

7 months ago

Beautiful caves and scenery surrounding, highly recommended!

hiking
8 months ago

Had an awesome time walking through the caves!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Very short but great for kids

9 months ago

A quick and sweet hike

9 months ago

Great hike with the kids

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

It's fun to see. Super easy. Not really a hike. check these out, then go to the Hollywood sign!

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Although there were a lot of people on this hike and in the caves when I did this, I didn't find it to be particularly impressive. The tail is really more of dirt road. The distance to the caves is so short it hardly counts as exercise. I'd recommend doing this only if you are also going to hike up to the Hollywood sign after making this trip to the caves just a quick side trip.

Monday, March 27, 2017

This is a really easy hike that you can enjoy with your children. There is s big parking area also therefore is perfect for couples of hours outdoors.

Monday, March 20, 2017

It is easy so for me it's only to stars. They really are tunnels but nevertheless fun for the kids and plenty of hills to scramble up-and-down all-around them. Make it a Hollywood day and the Batman Caves fit right in

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Perfect for little ones. This hike is very short, but Caves we're pretty cool to see. You can find other trails that can lead to the Hollywood sign. A bit muddy because we went a day after a rainy day. Parking at 1pm wasn't bad at all. Friendly people on the trails.

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