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
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

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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)

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13 days ago

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

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17 days ago

Very easy short hike. Cool cave.

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29 days ago

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

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1 month ago

Super fun for kids!

1 month ago

Beautiful caves and scenery surrounding, highly recommended!

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2 months ago

Had an awesome time walking through the caves!

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2 months ago

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

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3 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.

3 months ago

Very short but great for kids

3 months ago

A quick and sweet hike