Vanalden Cave Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 482 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

views

wildlife

From the Ventura Freeway (Highway 101) in Tarzana, exit on Reseda Boulevard. Drive 3.4 miles south into Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, and park at the end of the road. Inside the park gate is a white line painted across the road. Parking is free north of the white line, located 0.2 miles away from the trailhead. A parking fee is required south of the white line. An alternate direction is to enter from Vanalden Avenue by exiting from the Ventura Freeway onto Tampa Avenue. Drive one block south to Ventura Boulevard. Turn left (east) and go 3 blocks to Vanalden Avenue. Turn right (south) and continue 2.9 miles south to the trailhead at the end of the road.

hiking
bugs
fee
no shade
off trail
over grown
8 days ago

Great trail. Be careful not to miss side trail to cave. Can be a little tricky navigating without gps or map.

mountain biking
no shade
10 days ago

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Not easy at all and path is very overgrown. Cool caves but not easy

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

First, only the fire road/Mulholland portion of this trail is easy. Once you step off the the main road it’s definitely moderate. Unfortunately we didn’t complete the whole trail. We couldn’t find the front end that cuts off from the fire road due to it being severely overgrown. We finally found the back end but still couldn’t finish because of the overgrowth. So we never got to the cave. We ended up doubling back in the fire road. Still had a good time getting outside!

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
2 months ago

First, let me start by saying the only the fire road/Mulholland Drive portion of this trail is easy. The rest I would put as moderate especially after a rain with a lot of washouts and mud. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the portion of the trail that goes to the cave as it was severely overgrown. We found the backend (where it stopped being easy) but couldn’t continue to the front end again because it was overgrown. We ended up back-tracking and walking back along the fire road. Still nice to get out!

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

I recommend wearing proper hiking boots or some sneakers with really good grip. Some areas are very slippery with loose gravel and lots of sand. Overall good little hike and steep.

hiking
4 months ago

This not an easy trail. I would categorize it as moderate to hard.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

Fire road most of trail. Very overgrown in some areas. Cave was interesting.

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
6 months ago

Nice little trail. Lots of graffiti and the trails seemed to go all over the place.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

The trail is overgrown only 100ft in the trail. There are a lot of bees and the brush was so overgrown I did not bother trying to get through. The fire road is moderate-heavily trafficked

hiking
7 months ago

Interesting cave with holes in the roof. Unfortunately, children keep scribbling on the walls.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
8 months ago

very fun hike but bee careful. trail is very overgrown. once you make the right turn to the caves trail there is a huge wasp nest. fully got assaulted. they even stung me through my clothes. the caves are a great place to take pics!! luckily theres another way out of the area

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