Cave of Muntis Via El Escorpian Trail

MODERATE 185 reviews
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Cave of Muntis Via El Escorpian Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Hills, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
344 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

A great hike up into the Cave of Munits and on to Castle Peak. A hike to a great vertical cave. Climb up through the cave (no gear necessary) and continue hiking up the side of the mountain. The trail is not very clear here, so just keep scrambling upwards until you get to the top of the ridge, and then continue on toward Castle Peak. From there, there will be a clearly marked trail with a steep descent. An adventurous hike well-worth the scrambling.

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

This trail was gross. The first mile or so is littered with dog poop and trash. The rest of the trail to the caves are covered in broken bottles, trash and, for some reason, clothes. Once you get to the caves L.A.’s finest have tagged and graffitied the rocks and caves. The climb up is fun and a little challenging, but the filth and graffiti really ruin it. Once to the caves I honestly couldn’t wait to leave. For far better hiking go down Valley Circle to Victory and do the Victory Trailhead. If it’s caves and rocks you’re after go up to the 118 and go
To Rocky Peak.

hiking
16 days ago

18 days ago

This hike is really pretty. Cave part is little adventurous. You will love it. You will see pigeons inside the cave. Walk all the way to the top and go back down using another route if possible. Must go hike

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1 month ago

Great views! Loved the rock scrambling! Short hike. Next time I will make it a longer one by taking a trail after the caves.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great Trail! Clear path to the cave (when you reach the fork you go towards the mountains on the right) once you get to the cave you'll know you're at the right spot b/c there's a lot of trash around (please do your part and help keep our trails clean), it's a lot easier to go up and around the cave than going back down the steep incline/ entrance to the cave if you just want a short hike... or you can keep going up and find the trail to castle peak which will loop you back to the entrance of the park. If you keep going up towards castle peak you'll run into 2 trails: an easy to walk designated trail or the "rocky trail" both run parallel to each other so no matter which one you take you'll get to the same spot. Once you get to castle peak there's a steep trail that leads back down to the trail head just beware of the bee hive

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trail running
2 months ago

I ran this trail everyday for four years. Not the prettiest unless heart of winter, but great running!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

This hike was tough for me. It was hot for one thing and two that rock climbing was difficult for me my upper body strength was not there but it really is cool to go into the cave and explore it. It's a little difficult to find. When you drive to the park just park in the residential area and follow the paved road and you will find a sign that says the Santa Monica Mountains Park area. you're going to take the road that goes to that right and then if you walk up the incline you'll see the entrance to the cave you can explore inside the cave beware there are pigeons all over the place and It can get a little creepy. But other than that it was really cool.