Cave of Muntiz via El Escorpion Trail

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Cave of Muntiz via El Escorpion 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
308 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

bird watching



wild flowers





A great hike up into the Cave of Munitz and on to Castle Peak. 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.

9 days ago

This trail is covered in trash and dog poop. It’s gross. The cave is neat but it felt like climbing around a homeless camp at times. There are far better hikes nearby.

15 days ago

off trail
25 days ago

1 month ago

A local gem, though lots of people seem to have trouble finding the cave. It is generally not too crowded.

Beautiful views. A little bit crowded and lots of dogs and bikes.

3 months ago

Easy hike to the beautiful caves. Great for climbing

3 months ago

I live near here and come here weekly for exercise. It’s worth going to the top of the ridge line for some of the best views in the west hills. It’s never been crowded when I’ve gone. Early mornings are best to see the sunrise over the valley.

3 months ago

this is a random trail behind a shopping center. u walk about 20 mins down a trail. when u approach the cave u will then climb a heavy duty hill to the entrance of the cave. to get into the cave u will climb up the face of the cave about I would say 18ft, maybe more. when u get in it's very small. there is a very dark room to the left that has lots of bats (dont shine lights in there) unless u want to stir them up. to get out u have to go up and over the boulder to the right, then out and pretty much around the outside of the cave and down. there are some sketchy parks if ur afraid of cliffs/heights but over all it's beautiful.

4 months ago

Just finished this hike, did get turned around a few times as there are a lot of other trails that splinter off, but once we got to the cave it was really neat definitely want to come back and explore more.

5 months ago

Love it

7 months ago

The area would be great BUT I can not understand peoples behavior - I am a dog owner but the one thing is, there is dogs poo everywhere especially at the beginning of the trail, and there IS a trash container there, the other problem is that there are tons of broken glass around so its really danger for animals too - a shame that people use beautiful nature as a trash container - really a shame :/

7 months ago

nice place to hike ..

8 months ago

I like this trail, not really easy but I love climbing. The view was nice, too.

beautiful night hike! 1.8 mile hike. Once reaching the cave and you make it to the top! its all worth it. I love this hike. Beware of Rattle Snakes. I saw two, one under the rocks and the other on the cave. I'll post pictures. Be sure to follow me on I.g skyhighhiking

11 months ago

took a long way to the top . I was able to find the path all the way to the top nice view ..

11 months ago

Great little hike.. but be careful of the rattle snakes!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Nice hike, bring plenty of water and sun screen.

Friday, April 20, 2018

nice hike,Spring is great, because everything is green. made to the caves and to Castle peak.moderate.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Go in the spring, when everything is still nice and green. made it to the caves and castle peak.moderate, bring sun screen and plenty of water.moderate.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

very nice hike to the cave .....this app shows no dogs allowed but their is a sign saying dogs are welcome for anyone that wants to take their dog it would be useful if the app showed that

Friday, March 16, 2018

This hike is lovely. There are two trails, basically shaded and not, that run parallel to each other so you can still get to the caves no matter which you choose.

Not too much trash until you hit the turnoff towards the cave. It’s clear where to go as long as you know you have to turn right towards the mountain. There’s a sign detailing the rules of the park on the left - go the opposite way.

Yes there’s trash and graffiti, though not as much as described in some of these reviews. There may have been a clean up since they went. Once inside the cave there isn’t too much trash, but the graffiti is all over. There are also pigeons inside, which startled me at first then was really cool to watch them fly back and forth.

It’s kind of a scramble to get to the caves. Just a somewhat steep walk to get to the entrance but if you want to go inside you’ll need to scramble a bit. It was my first time here and I did this alone so I didn’t make the climb to castle peak - I didn’t want to risk a free climb, even as easy as it is, by myself so I just turned back around. The scramble down is spookier than up.

There’s a bit of traffic but parking is easy. Just park in the neighborhood on vanowen and the entrance is right there. I saw two couples, three dirt bikers, and two or three individuals hiking like myself. If you like to hike alone I’d say go around 7:30 am so the early crowd has left but the later morning crowed hasn’t quite arrived.

Over all - it was beautiful and I’d do it again. I recommend going in spring or after rain so it’s green and not California brown.

Friday, February 16, 2018

This is a fun, quick, and quite easy, hike. a little bit of climbing to get into the cave, but nothing advanced.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A simple walk with a bit of a scramble to get up to the actual cave. A fair amount of traffic most days.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pretty simple trail, although I did miss the turn to actually go to the caves and had to turn around. There are many different trails in this area, so it is easy to lose track of which one you are on. When I did finally get to the caves, they were quite awesome! A different type of destination than anything else in the area. I’ll definitely be back!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fun and surprising trail. The Munits cave is a pleasant surprise, going up is not difficult, coming down does need firm grabs and well profiled shoes. Not sure coming down from the other side of the cave is the way complete the trail loop..Will explore in future trips! Lots of hikers with kids and/or dogs, all friendly and nice to have with.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Nice easy beginner trail can be down in an hr

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Poop on the trail. Poop in the cave. View is ok.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

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

Sunday, September 10, 2017

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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