Bronson Caves is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Los Angeles, California that features a cave. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
Quick, easy walk/hike. Dog friendly! Caves were pretty cool and plenty of little off-main trails to climb to the top of the canyon.