Looking out of the Cave
Looking into the Cave
Located on the edge of El Escorpion Park in the Upper Las Virgines Canyon Open Space Preserve, the gargantuan Cave looks like the lair of an evil comic book villain.
The tall narrow entrance is guarded by a hive of bees, and there are more hives inside.
See that hole in the rock at the top? That's a hive at the entrance of the Cave.
At first we were afraid of the loud buzzing and didn't want to venture too far in, but once we saw a couple of other hikers do it, we went in too. Inside, we met a man with his two dogs who regularly visits the Cave. He said that the bees leave you alone. Just don't go throwing rocks at the hives!
To reach the Cave from L.A., go North/West on the 101 and take exit 29 for Valley Circle Blvd. Go north on Valley Circle Blvd until you reach Vanowen St. Take a left on Vanowen and you will see a trail soon on your left. Park on the street for free.
Hike about .75 miles until you see this fence:
and this sign:
Immediately past the fence, take the trail on the right. You will see this in front of you:
See that narrow opening in the rock in the distance?
From the sign, walk about .25 miles to the cave opening. Climb up to the cave opening (there are footholds in the rock--no ropes necessary).
It's a little tricky
(photo by Shimage)
The Cave is a "chimney cave", meaning there's a hole up top through which you can see the sky.
The Cave ceiling
This short hike is mostly unshaded. It is flat until you take the trail on the right side up to the Cave, at which point it becomes steeper. Wear good shoes since climbing up the wall is a bit tricky. Do not go on this hike if you are afraid of bees or severely allergic to bee stings. To get to the cave in the Spring, you have to walk through lots of brush that is swarming with bees.
pollen bombs everywhere!
(photo by Shimage)