Day Trip: Bronson Cave Trail

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Sean and I went for such a cool hike the other day to the Bronson Cave Trail in Griffith Park. It features a big man-made cave that was the entrance to the Batcave in the 1960s Batman television series. It is such a strange and beautiful place.

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It was a hot day when we were there, in the high 70s, but in the cave it felt like a completely different climate. There’s a shallow pool of water and it’s very breezy and cool inside.

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Very dark too. After we were through the cave, we saw some people having a fashion photoshoot in there. That’s LA I guess.

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There were several exits to the cave. We went out of this small one, and sat and ate lunch on this rock. It was nice and shady.

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The hiking trail itself was just okay, but I think we didn’t follow the best of the trails in this area. The trail we took sort of wound around a mountain up into one of the residential areas in the Hollywood hills. The view of the Hollywood sign is pretty cool from up there though.

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Los Angeles has this odd quality of having a lot of nature and a lot of buildings. The view from all the way up on this giant hill was houses. Usually the view from a mountain peak is a valley, but here it’s like there are houses on top of the mountains and houses at the bottom of the mountains. They seem precariously placed, too. They’re not lined up in a grid or even necessarily in similar architectural styles.

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It’s interesting to see, but I think I might like hiking more in places that are less impacted by human constructions. I like to feel like I’m on another planet when I’m hiking, or like I’m in another time, before strip malls and four car garages.

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We did manage to find this people-free building-free clutter-free view that was truly beautiful, somewhere around the fourth entrance to the Batcave.

 

Love and fresh air,

Spencer

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