Bronson Cave is one of Hollywood’s favorite filming locations. The man-made tunnel is carved into the rock wall of an old quarry in Griffith Park. Bronson Cave‘s most famous role came in the 1960s, playing the entrance of the Batcave in the Batman TV series. The cave continues to be cast in television shows and movies, and is about as easy to see in real life as it is on screen. It is a quick 2/3 of a mile round trip hike to Bronson Cave with just 50 feet of elevation gain.
To the Batcave! At the top of Canyon Drive in Griffith Park (next to the trail to Mount Lee and the Hollywood Sign), take the fire road on the right heading southeast out of the canyon. After a quarter mile, turn left into the bowl-shaped quarry. You will see Bronson Cave immediately, a drive-through tunnel carved into a 100-foot tall rock wall. There are three exits at the far end of the 50-foot long tunnel. One is big enough for a Batmobile and the others are crawl-through size. Walk right in. No flashlight is needed to explore the short cave.
Bronson Cave was created by the Union Rock Company, which established Brush Canyon Quarry to extract rock for street construction during the first quarter of the 20th century. Pose in front of the photogenic west end of the cave, before turning back down the trail. As a bonus, you can gaze up at the Hollywood Sign on the hike back. Dogs are welcome on leash. No bikes. No fee or permit is required to hike to Bronson Cave, so get out and enjoy!
To get to the trailhead: From Franklin Avenue in Hollywood (north of the 101 Freeway and Hollywood Boulevard), turn north on Canyon Drive (between Bronson Avenue and Van Ness Avenue) and drive 1.4 miles to the end of the road at top of Bronson Canyon Park. There is a small parking area on the left, and a larger lot a tenth of a mile south of the trailhead on the right. The trail to Bronson Cave begins from the fire road on the right at the end of the road.
Trailhead address: 3200 Canyon Drive, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Trailhead coordinates: 34.124446, -118.31425 (34° 07′ 28.05″N 118° 18′ 51.3″W)
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