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

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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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19 days 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.

21 days ago

Very short but great for kids

22 days ago

A quick and sweet hike

29 days ago

Great hike with the kids

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

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3 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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4 months ago