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Altadena, California: Haunted Gravity Hill

Vehicles appear to roll uphill on Gravity Hills, and the haunted aspect is a bonus.

E. Loma Alta Dr., Altadena, CA
From I-210 in Pasadena, head north on Lake Ave. Right onto Altadena Dr. Left onto Porter and go until it ends at E. Loma Alta Dr. Turn left on Loma Alta. Go over a few dips, and around a couple of corners. Go up hill, around the second sign for Sunnyoaks is where it starts. You will be facing "downhill," evergreen trees on left with something that resembles a flood control channel past that, a wall of rock and dirt to your right. If you go over a bridge after curving to the left you've gone too far.
Public road. Hazard flashers recommended. Use at your own risk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Haunted Gravity Hill

I heard there's a hill in the Pasadena/Altadena-area that's haunted. If you're driving down the hill, stop. Put the car in neutral and your car will roll back up the hill.

As the story goes, a girl took her parents' car out for a joyride with some friends, they spun out of control on the hill and now their spirits try to help others who might be in the same predicament.

Or sometimes it's a bus load of school children--their little hand prints are sometimes said to be seen on windows, trunk lids, and on bumpers when powder is spread on them afterward.

Now whether someone died there or not is debatable, but the actual effect is entirely an optical illusion. Though it appears you're drifting uphill, you're actually heading down it. Still, for a cheap thrill, and in the spirit of Halloween, take your friends there, tell them some cockamamie story about a convertible of drunk-driving cheerleaders colliding with the marching band's bus after the "big game" and watch their eyes bulge as the car jerks up the so-called magnetic hill.

[Christine Amarantus, 11/16/2008]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bunny MuseumBunny Museum, Altadena, CA - < 1 mi.
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Vista Theatre Celeb Footprints and Hand Prints, Los Angeles, CA - 12 mi.

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