Jim Morrison Cave in Malibu

By now there is a good chance you have seen someone post a picture of this pink, graffiti cave in Malibu. It is ones of those places that has become incredibly popular and is actually supposed to close soon for rehabilitation/cleaning. I got a chance to check it out a few weeks ago and even though it can be hard to find it is a unique spot, one that will be even more unique when the graffiti is cleaned up. The main reason it is so popular is because it was supposedly a place that Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, went to when he needed to escape LA. If you want to check it out for yourself, read on.

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Details

  • 1.5 miles round trip
  • 75 feet of elevation

History

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I am actually not sure where the rumor started, and the information online is incredibly conflicting. From what I can tell people say that he visited this spot when he needed a break from LA; however, no one can confirm the story is true, but the urban legend has made this a very popular spot for people of all ages to visit.

Getting There

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The dirt parking lot for this hike is located at the end of Corral Canyon road. You will turn right on Corral Canyon road from PCH, the same place you would turn for Solstice Canyon, and then head up the small two lane road for 5 miles. At the end it turns into dirt and you will drive about 50 feet on the dirt before the parking lot appears that can hold about 10 cars.

The Hike

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The hike starts from the parking lot, on the right hand side and heads along the Backbone Trail. You will be on a single track heading almost immediately up and over sandstone rocks.

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After you pass the first hill you will hike through some brush and continue to go up, from here you will see the painted water towers on the right.

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After the water towers there is another hill with a lot of unique sandstone formations on the top. There is a small rock arch that you should see to the right before reaching the top.

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At the top of the small hill, you will see both the Morrison Cave and the Corral Canyon Caves. The Morrison Cave is the rock on the left of the below picture. Be sure to note this so that you head in the right direction.

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Heading down the hill you will see a path that leads off to the left and towards the rock. Take this route as it weaves around the left of the rock.

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From here you will reach the “birthing canal” as it is called. This section is a very narrow rock tunnel that you squeeze through to get to the cave. It is pretty tight, but I was able to get through fine as a 250-pound man.

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After this section, you will be in the cave itself and can explore to your hearts content. The cave is relatively big, and it had a half dozen people exploring it even on the Monday morning we were there, so it is popular.

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The cave has been literally covered in graffiti which is never cool. I expected the graffiti to be related to The Doors at least, but most of it was random stupid stuff. There were a few pieces related to The Doors like the below photo, but it is easy to see why the park would want to clean it as the cave has been completely covered.

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The cave itself is impressive because it has about a 30-foot drop in front of it, it provides a beautiful view and makes the only safe exit the way you came in.

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I took a lot of pictures as it is an overload of your senses then headed out of the cave and continued to explore.

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Check out this awesome drone shot taken by Greg Skriloff that shows what the cave looks like from a different angle.

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Heading past the Morrison Cave is also where the rock circles are that have become a very popular spot for photos as well.

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The rock circles are surrounded by the Corral Canyon Caves which have lots of wind cave type cut outs that you can climb on and explore.

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There is also a viewpoint that shows you the Morrison Cave from far away (above photo). After exploring for a while, we headed back on the trail we came in on to the car.

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There is also a dirt access road that you can park near and walk up from (above photo). It is technically closer than the way I described here, but the way I described is a lot more fun as it is a unique trail with a lot to look at. On the way back down the hill driving, you will be treated to some fantastic coastal views as well if the weather is clear.

All in all, this is a fun hike in the city that has the same type of vibe that Murphy’s Ranch did. If you are a fan of The Doors then it could be a cool spot to see, but it appears to me that it has turned into just a place where people practice graffiti. The area surrounding has a lot of fun place to explore though, so it is a easy hike to recommend. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Katie

    It’s sad that someone had the nerve to paint the whole cave pink there was beautiful graffiti in there and drawing by Jim Morrison him self before someone did that I wish it stayed the same

    • RandyRant

      There was nothing beautiful about any of the graffiti before the pink. What would have been beautiful would have been the natural look, the way nature intended it to be. No matter how well done, graffiti is an eyesore and a plague on the environment. Last time I was at these falls, I couldn’t believe the amount of trash and debris left behind. Paint cans, food wrappers, thousands of cigarette butts, used condoms and clothing, you name it, it was there polluting the environment. 99% of the people visiting this location weren’t even alive when Morrison was alive let alone listen to his music. Morrison would be more than likely disgusted by the state of this place now. It is now nothing more than a memorial of just how vile and disgusting people have become.

      • kymykat

        People ruin everything because they are pigs and don’t respect that we all share the same earth with animals and creatures in nature. I hate people who can walk their trash in but are too lazy to carry it out. They ruin it for all of us. I do like graffiti though if done well and it’s art. Randy I agree with you about people these days. We just have to remain good examples of how to be caring humans

  • RandyRant

    It is now closed, strictly enforced with tickets issued if you feel the need to break the rules.

  • kymykat

    I personally love the art so I really hope it’s left there. It makes the green and brown landscapes liven up with the bright neon colors. Graffiti is art. Many times improving the place it’s at. Granted when it’s lame stuff written on a wall of someone’s yard or across a freeway sign and it’s just tagging well that’s not pretty or art. It’s disrespectful. But insecure gang bangers have to show they are someone out here in the world. That’s different. That can be cleaned up. BUT graffiti art? NO PLEASE LEAVE IT THERE