Malibu, California

Explore the colorful Jim Morrison Cave and scramble over rocks in the hills of Malibu

1 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Allie Morris

A short walk from a dirt parking lot; scramble over big rocks, hide in nooks and crannies and be birthed into a colorfully pink graffitied cave overlooking the hills of Malibu. The graffiti and trash can be a little disheartening, but that is Los Angeles right? These caves have the "weird factor" and natural beauty that make a visit worthwhile!

Heading south on the Pacific Coast Highway, turn left onto Corral Canyon Road and drive up into the hills past the neighborhoods until the road turns into dirt, and then shortly after, into a parking lot. From the parking lot, take the trail that leads right when you are facing the trash cans. It is unmarked, and winds you through some beautiful rock formations.

Take your time getting to the caves. The surrounding rocks are fascinating to explore, and the views overlooking Malibu are beautiful. Hike until you reach the largest cluster of rocks, with a labyrinth in front of them. This is a great place to eat lunch and explore.

Now to the interesting part! Turn around to walk back the way you came, taking a small trail to the right that leads to a smaller rock formation. Along the left side of these rocks there is a narrow graffiti-covered passage (named "the birth canal" by visitors) that will take you into the colorfully pink painted cave where Jim Morrison is rumored to have spent time. The cave walls are filled with paintings that range from inspirational to obscene, and the view out the front of the cave is gorgeous as well (if you can overlook an underwear-covered tree that blocks part of the view.)

*Considered yourself fair warned - the area surrounding the cave has been trashed by irresponsible visitors. If you feel so inclined, bring a trash bag out there with you and take a load out. Mother Nature will thank you!

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Scenic

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