Bronson Caves

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Bronson Caves
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Bronson Caves.

Holy man-made caves, Batman! When a quarry here ceased operation in the late '20s, it left behind a rocky hole that soon became a go-to for Hollywood film shoots—in particular as the entrance to the Batcave in the '60s Batman series.

From Franklin Avenue, head north on Canyon Drive for 1.2 miles and you'll find a gravel parking lot on the right; there's also a larger paved lot just up the road. The trailhead sits between the two; from there it's only a quarter-mile walk to the cave.

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Venue name: Bronson Caves
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Address: 3200 Canyon Dr
Los Angeles

Opening hours: 5am-sunset
Price: Free
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75% of my thoughtful input is already done due to this listing being labeled as a "cave" instead of Bronson Canyon. However, I will add a few positives and negatives to the Bronson Canyon/Cave experience.


The positive: This portion of Griffith Park is most certainly a tucked away little gem in Los Angeles. Many residents have no idea it's here and that sort of thing tends to excite hipsters, braggers, and Time Out review writers alike. It feels as though the bustling city is far, far away. When you arrive at the cave, you may notice you are the only party present. Take comfort in this, because it will not last forever. Also, the hike up to the cave is the easiest hike in America. I could be wrong there, but I'm fairly confident in my assessment for the time being. Pass through the cave to the other end, turn the corner to the left, and grab one of the best, unobstructed views of the Hollywood sign you may find. Fun fact: They've filmed dozens of movies/TV shows up here (The '60s "Batman" TV show) - a quick internet search will help you to discover which.


The negative: Parking can be tough on weekends.


Lastly, I recommend not using the inside of the cave as a toilet.