This week’s Secret of SoCal is the Jim Morrison Cave in Malibu.
Located on a hiking trail off of Coral Canyon Road, this pink cave is rumored to be the location where the lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison, wrote some of his greatest hits. Adding more to the mystery is the challenge experienced in finding the cave!
Once you turn onto Coral Canyon Road off of PCH, continue to drive up the mountain until the road hits a dead end at the very, very top. I suggest you park on the side of the road adjacent to the entrance (pictured above) around the coordinates (34.078990,-118.755505).
Follow this flat, dirt path until it combines with another path at a Y (pictured above), then continue straight ahead until you see a cluster of large rocks on the left hand side. Parallel to the first graffiti rock, you’ll notice an overgrown path that feeds through the bushes to the rock. This overgrown path will take you to the left side of the rock and to the ‘Birth Canal’.
The name ‘Birth Canal’ is a pretty accurate representation for the small entrance to the Jim Morrison Cave. I was pretty anxious that I wouldn’t be able to get through the tiny opening…or worse, that I wouldn’t be able to get back out!
However, after I saw a medium-build man exit the Birth Canal, I felt more confident I could fit through the entrance.
There isn’t an exact science on how to squeeze through this tiny gap. Truthfully, the process of entering the cave happened kind of organically and I somehow managed to find my way in.
As I lifted myself into the cave, I was surprised at how many people were already in the small, colorful rock. I was especially surprised because it was a Wednesday afternoon; I can only imagine how much traffic the cave gets during the weekend! There wasn’t much rhyme or reason to a lot of intricate graffiti in the cave, but it added a lot of character.
Now that you know how to get to the cave, let’s get to the question we all know you’re curious about. Is this really where Jim Morrison would go to write some of the greatest hits from The Doors? Did I gain musical talent through osmosis from hiking to this location?
I couldn’t find any solid proof that this was truly Jim Morrison’s favorite spot. However, I can see how the rumor started; with this view overlooking the canyon, it’s hard not to be inspired.