One of my favorite reasons to live in southern California is the proximity of everything. Nowhere is too far. Even if I were to head to San Francisco it's truly only 5-6 hours. A particular favorite is Malibu, California. You probably know ir have heard of it for it's incomparable beaches, gorgeous people, and the surf. While I can't argue any of those points, it also holds it's own in the mountains. Hikes that hold views of our sweet Pacific, secret grottos and boulder hopping, waterfalls you would never know were there, and caves to wander and explore. One of these caves is the Jim Morrison cave, named so because it was said that Jim Morrison himself would head up here to write lyrics and practice or just play. Still unsure of whether I would consider this a hike, more of a walk, it's definitely worth your time to check it out. While you could choose to grab lunch after, we chose breakfast at Ollo prior to our excursion. We only had a few hours before M got out of school so we were taking full advantage of our time. Ollo has quickly become one of my top breakfast and brunch spots. There food is fresh and the atmosphere light. Servers there are phenomenal. Bloody Mary's are spicy. Need I say more?
Once at the parking lot to the trailhead you will notice three separate trails. The one behind you is Backbone trail. If you want a beautiful long hike connecting to various other trails than by all means take this one. Heading up the hill at the end of the lot is a trail that has a cross gate at the beginning. I'm unsure of where it leads to, but this is not the trail to take. You want the trail with the signs that say dogs must be on leash, no bikes, etc. This trail takes your towards the rocky outcroppings. As you pass them on your right stop and take the time to explore them if you want. We played for a bit before continuing on. Although this hike is not strenuous by my standards, finding the cave is not as easy as we thought. We were given the directions of "look for the trail across from the pointy rocks"... when you get to the cave you'll see why these were terrible directions. The easiest directions I can give you are these: Starting from the trail head, follow the trail past the rocky formations on your right. It will lead to a rocky terrain where people have painted the word Pink and arrows pointing the way on them. Don't go back and forth like we did thinking you passed the trail. Just keep going.
When you see the rock labyrinth people have lovingly created on the ground do take a minute to stop, walk the peaceful spiral, and play in the rock outcropping behind it. Also stop because you have gone too far. Yep. At this point you want to head back the way you came and almost immediately you will see a trail on your right you did not see on your way in. Take this smaller trail through the bushes and you will come to another rock outcropping. (By now I've used the word rock enough that you start to get the idea as to why the directions we were given were so terrible) Walk around the left side of these rocks and lo and behold! The entrance also known as "the birth canal," painted pink by some creative mind. Enter the birth canal to shimmy your way up to the cave, full of colorful graffiti "art." While some truly is art, some is also not. PLEASE don't be like the guy who (almost) ruined the view by spray painting "Homecoming?" on the giant rock in front. I hope she said no. The following are photos of a few hours well spent channeling my inner "will to be weird." The last is said to have been carved by Morrison himself.