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Cave of Muntiz via El Escorpion Trail

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El Escorpion Park

Cave of Muntiz via El Escorpion Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily 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.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 308 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Cave

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

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Waypoints (2)
Facilities
Getting There

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.

Free parking anywhere along Vanowen Street.

Take the 101 Freeway to exit 29 for Valley Circle Boulevard. Drive north for 3 miles on Valley Circle Boulevard to Vanowen Street. Turn left. After driving about a tenth of a mile, the trailhead will be a Los Angeles City Parks sign labeled El Scorpion Canyon Park alongside a gated dirt road. This is the trailhead.

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Reviews (508)
Photos (434)
Recordings (421)
Completed (1147)
Randy X
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HikingNo shade

Great walk to caves to be 15 degrees cooler. Stick to the trail on the right going out for a shaded walk out. Great views.

Mary Mitchell
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Hiking

Residential easy parking...Easy warm-up. Once you get to the rock formations there are multiple ways to get inside the caves to explore! Enjoy! If you feel like hiking more you can climb all the way to the top to get a panoramic view of the area.

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Amy Rabwin
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Hiking

An easy walk on a dusty path. Not so much of a “hike” till you reach the cave. Climbing into the cave is fun and once inside it’s hard to believe you’re still in the Valley. We somehow got way off track and walked 1.5 miles to the upper canyon open space preserve trailhead before turning back and finding the cave by asking two different groups how to get there - despite having my map open. Might be a function of me being a poor navigator rather the cave trail being hard to follow? Nobody was wearing masks FYI. Went on a cooler day (85?) at 3pm and was glad I opted to leave the dog at home. Very hot and exposed.

Dominique Cleary
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Hiking

great easy trail....pics at the cave are beautiful. people need to stop littering

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Rebecca Diaz
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HikingRocky
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Olivia Miller
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HikingBugsRocky

I highly recommend this trail! The climb into the caves makes for an awesome must see adventure! There isn't much shade and there is flies so I recommend bug off before you hike. Will 100% do this trail again!

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Nick S.
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Hiking

fun cave, climbing hike

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Mr. Santos
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Hiking

Nice easy hike, been coming for 3 straight weekends. I prefer doing it early in the a.m. since there’s little to no shade. Beautiful scenery; not too crowded & most people were wearing masks. Stopping at the Cave Munits is must.

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Viktoriia Alekseeva
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I like it. It's easy walk except the part you can experience on the mountain close to the cave. There are a couple shady nice places with the big trees. The cave looks interesting.

Mika Eddy
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Low traffic, easy to find, open parking. No public bathrooms nearby FYI (especially during covid). Nice, easy stroll up to the cave then a scramble to get in. Small dogs can make it up, but may need assistance. Harder to do the cave portion if you’re 8 mo pregnant! :)

Julie Neel
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Lots of space to walk, not too crowded.

Henry Paz
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HikingScramble
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Shesalltats Andpierced
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

This trail is great for leisure walk as it’s short about less than 2 miles out and back to the cave. I still enjoyed the view and the cave.

Dylan Noriega
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Rock climbingGreat!No shadeRocky

Good for a nice walk

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Nigel Hordagoda
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Hiking

Great trail for a work out. Very hot and dry around the time my girlfriend and I went (around 1:30m). Make sure to bring plenty of water. Pretty cool cave at the end, stay RIGHT at the fork to get to cave.

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Paul Oshiro
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Hiking

Really nice hike with an amazing cave. Would definitely do again

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Cameron Kmo
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Hiking

Awsome trail lovely and some points are scary

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Dominick Hernandez
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Hiking

Nice little local hike. Multiple trails that branch off of the main one to start. Definitely want to head back and check them all out. Cool caves up towards some rocks that were fun to climb.

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Karen Klein
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Hiking

Cute hike especially good for evening. Toads and owls come out at night! The cave is HARD to climb it is real rock climbing especially down. I make it up fine in sneakers but I was very slow and nervous down. I don’t advise this for someone who has never climbed before.

Ellecina Eck
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Fun hike! Once you hit the cave, the trail up is a little hard to find until you get back onto the main route. The cave itself is a cool spot with nice views, and there are lots of pigeons in there. Going down is pretty steep so this isn’t advisable for sneaker-hikers.

Daniela R
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
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