THE BAT CAVE
By Hugh Blanchard
The writer has seen his share of L.A. County mines but until now had
never viewed the one that is world renowned. I am of course referring
to Bronson Caverns also known as the Bat Cave in Griffith Park, which
has been featured in hundreds of movie and TV shows, including the
“Batman” TV series.
This deficiency ended upon reading a Bat Cave report in the Los Angeles
Times. I immediately drove to the mine, which is reached by going north
up Bronson or Canyon Avenue from Franklin Avenue. Park at the end of
Canyon Avenue in a small parking lot on the left. Then walk back down
the road about 100 yards and cross a small concrete bridge on the left
and follow a gated dirt road..After about 300 yards you will spot the
large mine opening in the quarry on the left. The quarry was operated
from 1903 to the late 1920’s.
The mine’s main passage is 150 feet with two smaller passages
totaling 100 feet for total passage length of about 250 feet. You can
walk upright through the main passage and you don’t need three sources
of light. In fact you don’t even need one.
the writer at the entrance to the Bat Cave (June 2006)