Loma Alta Drive, Altadena, California
Lichau Road, Corona, California
West Muirlands Drive, La Jolla, California
Patterson Pass Road,
Mile Marker 157,
Moreno Valley, California
3448 Lichau Road, Sonoma, California
Gravity Hills are locations at the base of a slope or hill where supposedly if you park your car and leave it in neutral it will somehow roll up the slope of the nearby hill. Several are rumored throughout California including San Diego, La Jolla, Livermore, Moorpark, Altadena, Los Angeles, Antioch, Petaluma, Redlands, Ramona, etc. According to some of our readers, Gravity Hills outside of California include Sweden, Maine and Bedford County, Pennsylvania. They are also occasionally known as "magnetic hill", "gravity road", "mystery hill", etc.
Scientific reasoning often explains this as an optical illusion which makes it appear as if you are rolling up hill. Supposedly if you take out a carpenter's level, it will actually prove that you are indeed rolling downhill. Course this may or may not explain places like the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot and Confusion Hill (Piercy, CA), both of which attempt to debunk the optical illusion aspect of their respective sites.
Gravity Hills are always surrounded by scary stories and far fetched urban legends. One of the more popular legends behind gravity hills involves the death of children. The children are often associated with a bus breaking down, and the children getting out of the vehicle and helping push. The story almost always involves the children getting crushed by the bus as it rolls back down the hill and over them. According to the popular legend, you can see the children's handprints if you put baby powder on the front of your car, as their fingers and hands will appear in it as they push. There are several other variations on this story, ranging from the children drowning to escaped mental patients, as you will read further below. One involves the children playing in the street while the bus driver checks out the engine. The bus driver looks up too late as a car comes down the hill towards the unaware children. The bus driver tries to save them, but the car takes out the driver and all the children.
A variation on the story involves a mother with a baby carriage. A speeding car perhaps with a preoccupied driver comes screeching down the hill. Again, like the bus driver, the mother tries to save her child, but both are killed by the oncoming car.
Eventually, we plan on checking out some of these and seeing if our car does indeed roll uphill, but for now, since we had so many inquiries, we decided to put up this stub of a page to handle the requests. For now we'll let you determine if Gravity Hills are simply optical illusion, or are the ghosts of children pushing your car up the hill?!
Altadena Gravity Hill
Directions to the supposed Altadena Gravity Hill: From Highway 210 in Pasadena, head north on Lake Avenue. Turn right onto Altadena Drive. Turn 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 the hill and right around the second sign for Sunnyoaks. You will be facing "downhill," evergreen trees to your 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.
This location also has a variation on the typical Gravity Hill legend. In addition to the usual ghostly children stories, a second story details an old Indian who died riding his carriage out of control down the hill to the bridge. Today his ghost pulls back motorists from the same fate that befell him.
Antioch Gravity Hill
Apparently this gravity hill is a result of children who died on the scene. Ironically, several gravity hills have the death of children attached to their site through urban legend. They apparently push your car away from the area so you don't suffer the same fate they did. One story states rather plainly that the students all drowned when they skidded off the road during a school trip on a school bus. Another more outlandish story claims that they were all murdered by an insane escapee from the nearby and now closed asylum. Apparently the asylum escapee made it onto the bus and killed them all. For added terror, there's also suppose to be an abandoned slaughter house in the same area.
Brentwood Gravity Hill
The Brentwood Gravity Hill is the classic urban legend of a bus filled with children in the fifties skidding off a road into water and all the children drowning. Now they push cars placed into neutral on the nearby road.
Cabazon Gravity Hill
Rumor has it that on Morongo Indian Reservation there exists a road where if you park your car at the bottom of the hill it will roll up it.
Corona Gravity Hill
The gravity hill in Corona involves a distraught young girl driving recklessly down Lichau Road after her boyfriend broke up with her. She hit a bump in the road, losing control and crashed into a tree, dying upon impact. Her ghost will push you away from her tree.
Jamul Gravity Hill
Jamul is a San Diego suburb where a gravity hill exists on a set of train tracks. The story relates that a school bus full of children ended up stuck on the tracks back in the 1950s. The bus with the children still inside was hit by the oncoming train. If you park on the tracks, you can hear children screaming and laughing. These same children will push your car back off the tracks in order to save you from the oncoming trains. Note, we do not advise parking your car in front of an oncoming train!
Jacumba / Ocotillo Gravity Hill
There's reportedly two Gravity Hills in the Jacumba / Ocotillo area out on Interstate 8. The one in Ocotillo is only available from I-8 westbound. Exit at the Mountain Springs off ramp and at the bottom of the ramp, stop at the stop sign and place your car in neutral to experience the car roll back up the ramp. If you are traveling eastbound on I-8, you need to go several miles to exit 87 and turn around to head back to Mountain Springs exit. The Gravity Hill in Jacumba supposedly somewhere on In-Ko-Pah Road somewhere on your way to the Desert View Tower. In-Ko-Pah Road is also off of Interstate 8, west of Ocotillo.
La Jolla Gravity Hill
Supposedly located on West Muirlands Drive between Nautilus and Fay Streets. There's a sharp left curve on Muirlands, and the Gravity Hill is shortly after this.
Livermore Gravity Hill
Mile Marker 157 on Patterson Pass Road in Livermore is the location of yet another Gravity Hill. Urban legends even add in sounds to this one, that as you roll uphill, you'll hear the sound of foot falls behind your car as some thing pushes it. And, like many Gravity Hills, hand prints appear on your car, in this case on your bumper from the person pushing.
There are two common stories surrounding this Gravity Hill. The first is the usual children in a broken down bus get out and try to push, but the bus rolls back on them, killing them all. However, stories also attribute this Gravity Hill to the death of two high school students post prom, who drove off the side of the road and fell to their deaths. They now like their solitude and push cars away from the site of their death, not wishing to be bothered by those who stop.
If the ghosts of children or teenage lovers isn't enough for you, the ghosts of angry naked football players lurk around a tree near Gravity Hill. According to the urban legend, in 1963, Livermore opened its second high school, Granada High, and had its first homecoming game against Livermore High School. Afterwards, players from the winning team hung out with two players from the losing team, inviting them to hang out and drink near the aforementioned Gravity Hill. During a drunken joke, the winning team's players stole the clothes of the losing teams two players and hung them from the branches of this tree. The story continues that in the morning the winning team players called some other players of the losing team, in order to tell them where they could collect their naked teammates. However, by the time they were found, the naked football players were dead, having died during the night, presumably from the cold. They now haunt the area around the tree seeking revenge on other careless teenage pranksters. Note, the winning team changes depending on which high school the teller of the tale is from.
Moorpark Gravity Hill
This gravity hill is near Moorpark Community College. The legend states that in the 1940s a school bus broke down, and the children were all waiting behind the bus for someone to come and fix the bus or pick them up. A local farmer was driving recklessly and not paying attention slammed into the back of the truck, pinning the children to bus.
A reader, John who grew up in Moorpark, offered up a different version of the legend: What I'd always heard was that the bus's brakes went out and the bus rolled down the hill and the kids died... Now, the ghosts of the children push cars back up the hill.....
The approximate address of the gravity hill is 12772 Kagel Canyon Road.
Moreno Valley Gravity Hill
There are two gravity hills located here. One is suppose to be on Nason Street and legend tells it is the result of the ghosts of children who were hit by a large truck. The other is called "Priest Hill" and is the work of a ghostly priest who broke down on the road and was killed by a passing car. Although if you look down below in our comments section, one of these gravity hills is also attributed to a man who was fixing a tire and ended up being run over by a passing car.
On Highway 20 between Truckee and Nevada City, approximately four miles west of the Interstate 80 junction and 80 miles east of Sacramento, exists Placer County's so called Magnetic Hill. A PG&E Canal goes under the highway and it appears to west bound traffic that the water is flowing uphill.
San Diego Gravity Hill
Located on the Sorrento Drive exit from Interstate 5 South .
San Fernando Valley Gravity Hill
Tampa Avenue, off 118. Two right turns after Rinaldi Street the road will appear to crest and run downhill into a another hill ahead. Pull over after the crest and place your car in neutral and it will roll back up hill.
Sonoma Gravity Hill
This Gravity Hill was created by a bus full of children hit a dip, lost control and went off a nearby cliff killing everyone. To get to this Gravity Hill go down East Cotati Avenue towards Petaluma Hill Road (or take Rohnert Park Expressway east to Petaluma Hill Road). Make a right onto Petaluma Hill, then after less than a mile, a left onto Roberts Road. Make a right onto Lichau Road, and stay on it for about ten minutes. When you get to the top of the mountains there will be an iron gate with the words "Gracias San Antonio" or "Gracias Santiago". Once you pass the gate entrance, go to the bottom of the hill.
Taft Gravity Hill
According to one of our commentators, there is a Gravity Hill between Taft and the small town of Fellows out by Route 33. From the anonymous comment: "Gravity Hill is located in the oil fields between Taft and Fellows. The road to Gravity Hill is clearly marked on Highway 33 and is called Gravity Hill road. Take that road toward the south. Gravity Hill is just a short distance after you reach a sign which indicates that you have reached Section 24B. When you reach the hill, park your car at the bottom of the hill on the road headed toward the north in what seems to be in a portion of the road that is inclined upward, release the brakes, put the car in neutral and what happens will surprise you. "
Whittier Gravity Hill
This gravity hill is rumored to be in a cemetery called Rose Hills located in Whittier, California (down in the Los Angeles area) on Workman Mill Road, near Rio Hondo Community College and the interchange of the 605 and 60 freeways. Apparently Rose Hills Cemetery has several entrances and several different sections. The gravity hill is located in the section that contains the rose gardens. Proceed past the entrance gates, rose gardens and burial vaults, turn right and proceed along the base of a small hill, then make your first left and you are on the gravity hill. Park near the bottom, put car in neutral and you will roll up the hill. Park at the top and you will not roll down. It works for cars, bicycles, and skateboards.
Whittier also has Turnbull Canyon Road which is suppose to be full of Satanic cults, UFO sightings, and a gravity hill! Drivers have experienced strange knocking sounds in their cars as well as the typical gravity hill experience of rolling backwards uphill.
- gabz of south el monte, ca on 2013-11-07 said:
- Gravity hill @ rose hill cemetary is a complete trip. I always take friends to see the great view from the top of rose hills but always before we leave you must check out this trippy hill. what I like to do is drive down gravity hill and put it in neutral before getting to the bottom. your car will slow down come to a stop and roll up hill. even the water along the sidewalk goes up. its a freaky feeling. Head for the hills!
- Joseph of cobb, georgia on 2013-08-09 said:
- I had heard all through my childhood of a. mountain in north georgia... I didn't believe. it until I had seen it happen for myself!!! I just can't. explain it!
- Anonymous of CA on 2013-08-09 said:
- 15 years ago, while in highschool we used to go to Empire Road in Antioch and it was really scary at night. We used to cross the gates of hell and I recall experiencing strange sensations. Also the slaughter house was really scary, I only ever went at night but there were still meat hooks and frighting machinery still left. We also used to go into the old metal barns and one of my friends climbed the water tower and then claimed he was stuck, just to mess with us. I don't recall a story about an insane asylum, but the story I recall was children would push our car away from the gates of hell to protect us. Our car always moved away from the slaughter house and the gates of hell, no matter what vehicle we took.
- Anthony of Antioch, CA on 2013-07-28 said:
- Just wanted to clear a couple of things up about the area on Empire Mine road with the totally bogus "gravity hill." Nope. I tried it many times and darn it my truck never moved. Also, there was never an insane asylum up there either. I talked to a guy who owned property there and he said that has been a local legend for a very long time. And finally, there is a former meat processing plant there but whether it is haunted has yet to be proved. All legends totally bunk.
- Deanna Ramirez of North hills , California on 2013-07-03 said:
- I've been there its alright I guess nothing really but kids playing with you nd it be car does move bye it self if yhu put it on neutral you have to be there at the time they wanna play
- Lorena De Haro of Brawley, CA on 2013-05-13 said:
- Hi everyone, I just would like toshare my experience on the gravity hill on i-8 and the one right before EL Cajon.My husband,son who weighs 300lbs.,and I that weighs 386lbs. were all in my 2003 kia spectra which is a small car for our weight. Anyways he got off on the ramp and did that whole putting it in nuetral..to my surprise! We started rolling uphill instead of down...weird yet exciting to experience Science like that... and Im usually very analon being all into detail...on the second one near el cajon it was apparently even..he just pulled to the side of he road and hell yes we started rolling backwards...On the i8 I can definitly argue that it was steep enough for us to go down instead of up...I think its magnetic who knows whats under all them mountains????It sure didnt look like the area around us was down hill or youd think it would do the same a few ft. away and it doesnt. again what a way to experience Science!!!!
- Carol Ann Ervin Haskell of Sacramento, CA on 2013-04-01 said:
- I remember Whittier Gravity Hill. Used to go there 1959/60 with a boyfriend (Ray Stock). We would park on the the hill and roll up. Strange feeling
- Kathrine Root of Saugus , Ca on 2013-03-09 said:
- I went there with my mom and little sister. My little sister was so scared. But the one in syllmar is real indead :)
- Jeannine of Burbank, CA on 2013-02-08 said:
- The Gravity Hill in Sylmar is on Kagel Canyon near Lopez Canyon. To my knowledge there is no Kagel Canyon in Moorpark. Are the two being confused? Anyone find the one in Moorpark who can provide a better address?
- Mike of Warren, MI on 2013-01-17 said:
- I believe there is a very good gravity hill near Pacoima, Ca, possibly in Sylmar. It is up a twisting road north of Foothilss Blvd. It may be Kagel Canyon Rd. The unusual thing about is, it is in front of a cemetery and there is very little else near there. The phenomenon is quite spooky and heightened by driving there at dusk. Don't go too late as this road is difficult to follow, or at least it was when I was a kid. Check this out. You'll love it.
- francisco of western cape, rsa on 2013-01-01 said:
- i've experienced this weird happening in villiersdorp area. my 2.5 ton ford ranger with my trailer in neutrol goin 10km/h uphill. amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- david of visalia, ca on 2012-12-26 said:
- I went there at the cemetery with a friend of mine 30 years ago .I didn't believe it untill I seen it with my own eyes. I told my dad about it he said I was probably drunk.
- Victor of Whittier, California on 2012-10-26 said:
- I Used to work at Rose Hills and the Gravity Hill there is totally surreal. There is a water spigot near the edge of the road for people to use for adding water to flowers they leave on grave sites. Standing there and turning the faucet you would expect to see that water run downhill right? Well it is very disturbing to see it run uphill. I've heard that that particular area of the cemetery was actually built on sacred burial grounds pertaining to San Gabrielino Indian tribe and that is was cursed. I know it's an optical illusion, right???
- Anonymous on 2012-10-08 said:
- Gravity Hill is located in the oil fields between Taft and Fellows.
The road to Gravity Hill is clearly marked on Highway 33 and is called Gravity Hill road. Take that road toward the south. Gravity Hill is just a short distance after you reach a sign which indicates that you have reached Section 24B.
When you reach the hill, park your car at the bottom of the hill on the road headed toward the north in what seems to be in a portion of the road that is inclined upward, release the brakes, put the car in neutral and what happens will surprise you.
- hh78 of moreno valley, ca on 2012-09-28 said:
- Regarding the Gravity Hills in Moreno Valley and Corona. For the love of god people, if you are going to talk about a place at least mention where it is. Don't just say "oh yeah GH here is really scary and yeah it happened blah blah." Put where you where, time of day, and location. As for the Nason GH in Moreno Valley, i just don't see where it could be
- Nancy of Burbank, Ca on 2012-06-21 said:
- I have been going to Rose Hills for years as I have family and friends buried there. All through high school the students including myself would play hookie and drive to Gravity Hill @ Rose Hills. Ck it out! It is creepy and if you have an older car the car will actually creek as you are going up the hill. Ck out You tube there is a video of someone going through Gravity Hill.
- Ron of Summers, CA on 2012-04-27 said:
- The Moreno Valley Gravity hill is southbound on the Nason st. over pass that goes over the 60 fwy. pull over to the right side of the street and put your car in neutral and enjoy.
- Jacob of Simi valley, Ca on 2012-04-14 said:
- What's the street name of the one in moorpark, or directions, for the love of god!
- freddy of moreno valley, ca on 2012-02-01 said:
- ive lived in moreno valley for 8years all ready and i have been to the gravity hill on naison but i had never heard abt the 2nd gravity hill can sombody give me more info on it or directions
- jose of sylmar, ca on 2012-01-26 said:
- i live in the one near the 210 ive been ther couple of times but everytime i go there this man just sitting on one of the 3 rocks there we go and try to hang out but everytime we go hes there looking at the cemetery
- Natlie of ronert park, ca on 2012-01-09 said:
- went to gravity hill with my big brother, sisster, and brothers girlfriend. my brother told me the story where the kids where on a field trip on a school bus and they rolled of the hill. now they push u up the hill to saftey. it is pretty awesome!!!
- Gary of Portland, Maine on 2011-11-12 said:
- There is a place called mystery-hill in Sweeden, Maine which is like the ones discussed here. A guy I work with says if you put the car in neutral it roll up the hill while at the same time if you pour liquid at the same spot it goes downhill. Local news has run stories on this from time to time.
- Annet of Moreno valley , California on 2011-10-30 said:
- This is so true it's off nason u have to put ur car on neutral and the car actually starts going up hill by it's self why or how don't know but this is defenetly a fact
- Kickboy Face of Moreno Valley, Ca on 2011-10-04 said:
- Lived in moreno valley for 20ish years now, always heard about gravity hill on Nason (never heard of a second location) and have tried it a million times, all throughout nason, nothing happens.
- K of Bay Area, CA on 2011-09-23 said:
- Grew up in the East Bay and have experienced the Gravity Hill, Slaughterhouse, Hells Gates, and the "KKK house".
Slaughterhouse is just an old aluminum shack and is really only scary at night because of the wind and kids would bring firecrackers to scare their friends.
Gravity Hill is neat. I had been in a friend's car that has a level in it that says if the car is going uphill or down..car was pointed slightly uphill the entire time. No handprints left.
Hells Gates is cool too. Random white gate that isn't connected to anything. There's a road you can walk on behind it that appears to lead nowhere (have never been to the end) but when you're on the road you feel kind of a warm feeling..
"KKK house" white house in the distance near all this stuff has a gate down at the road.. light in house goes on when you pull up sometimes..rumored that the owners come out with shotguns.
- Yesenia of Brentwood, ca on 2011-09-03 said:
- I've driven on empire road (never at night) there are also rumors about "the gates to hell" where supposably KKK members still unite. Can someone please clearify? Also about the slaughter house, it "belonged" to a former Dr, who performed euthanasia and this explains the blood stains. I've heard many stories.
- brandon of west pittsburg, ca on 2011-07-14 said:
- i went to the slaughter house it's not all that scary but at night it is and also i was wondering if anyone knows where the asylum is cuz i heard it was empire road but idk thats the same street as the slaughter house
- Jessica of Petaluma, California on 2011-07-06 said:
- there is a gravity hill in Petaluma
- James Morrison of Lower Burrell, PA on 2011-06-15 said:
- Yesterday my daughter and i went to Gravity Hill in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. It was about 1 PM in deep woods on a narrow paved road. We stopped between two specified road markers and the car did roll back up the hill every time we did the test. And not slowly either! Whatever it is, there is quite a pull. I didn't check for hand prints!
- Josh bodle of Mission hills, CA on 2011-01-06 said:
- The gravity hills story in lake veiw terrace is really true i did it last night with a few of my homies and it happened lol we got scared to death we heard kidz laughing at us no lie it tipped us out and we dipped out!!! So its fuken real!!!!
- Big Sant of Sylmar, Killa Cali on 2010-10-31 said:
- Theres A gravity hill here in the san fernando valley i went once but we didnt do the uphill neutral thing its by lakeview terrace its spooky tho to just go and hang out theres 2 cementarys and they are foggy it looks cool. but i hear the KKK has clans meets up there so i guess be carefull
- Anonymous on 2010-09-21 said:
- I have taken my kids and my nieces and nephews to gravity hill in Antioch. Car was in Neutral and it did indeed move, seemingly UP hill. We also trespassed and explored the slaughterhouse for about 40 min. before a man on a four wheeler was driving toward us and that was when we decided it was time to go. They had fun and we created great memories which we still talk about 9 yrs later
- john of rialto, california on 2010-08-27 said:
- I would be greatful if someone out there could give directions to one of the Gravity Hills in Moreno Vally or in Redlands , California. Thank You and look forword to hearing from you!
- Andrew of Valencia, CA on 2010-07-16 said:
- There is a gravity hill on the 126 heading towards the 101, where the red schoolhouse is. If you make the right across the street and go as far as you can, you'll run into a gate. Put that baby in neutral and WHAMMO.
- Richard of Ca on 2010-06-29 said:
- There is also a "Gravity Hill" in Corona.
- Sandy of San Bernardino, Ca on 2010-06-11 said:
- Where exactly is the gravity hill in Moreno Valley? I would like to check it out
- Louis Mata of Whittier, CA on 2010-05-18 said:
- Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier also has a gravity hill. Located inside gate 1, ask at the front booth for the location and they'll hand you a map.
- monica of hawthorne , ca on 2010-04-05 said:
- i was there last night we had put the car in N and it was still moving but i herd the story was that a bus crashed with little kids on it and they help you push your car to play with you some times and you can see little hand prints on the car!
- Phantom of Moreno Valley, CA on 2010-03-25 said:
- There is something like that I found here near Moreno Valley. The thing is, you can feel your car getting pushed. The story is, is that a man was fixing a tire, when someone came around and ran him over. It is told that when he sees a car parked he will try to move it. I tried it, and the car actually moved. Every so and so seconds you could feel a something forcing the car.
- ERICK W of LAKEWOOD, CA on 2009-11-30 said:
- there is another gravity hill,up in kagel canyon, in lakeview terrace,ca..and the only thing there besides the road is two cemetary,spooky stuff........
- Tracey of San Bernardino, Ca on 2009-11-10 said:
- There is a Gravity Hill in Redlands,Ca. I've been there, its an odd experience for sure. It was several years back, but we put the car in nutral and up when went (or what appeards to be up...)
- Alan of Antioch, Ca on 2009-10-06 said:
- I live in Antioch... They also say that if you put powder on the back of your car, when the kids push it, they will leave hand prints. I'm pretty sure the hill is closed off now though. And slaughter house supposedly has blood stains all over the place. I've never gone in it though.
- Josh of Ramona, California on 2009-09-27 said:
- There's a gravity hill in ramona california. My friends and i tried it and it rolled up hill but as soon as we were done tring it, some indians claimed that we were in their property. We didn't want any problems so we left because we think they had weapons with them. You guys should try it but not at the time we did it which was at 1:45 AM, because the indians might start problems
- Wysper of san diego , ca on 2008-10-07 said:
- We have a gravity hill in Ramona CA as well it works best at night but its a very dark creepy area my heavy duty truck was pulled backwards in neutral up hill and over the crest of the hill it feels weird like limbo your hair stands up and you feel suspended its a very cool experiance
- Jonathan Jose Jackson III of Pasadena , Califas on 2008-10-01 said:
- I know of a Gravity Hill in Altadena on Loma Alta Dr about a block west of Lake Ave. I haven't been there since the early 1980s. As a teen in the late 60s thru the 70s a group of us would drive there, place the car in neutral or disengage the clutch, then by looking towards the side not straight ahead, although we would coast downhill it would appear we were going up hill, an optival illusion but entertaining. Like the Old Knotts berry Farm Crazy House that had water running up the faucet and pool balls rolling uphill
- nancy lage of los angeles, california on 2008-08-10 said:
- I need directions to gravity hill from the Pasadena 210 fwy.
some one said that I sould exit off liveoak ave. and go north toward the mountains till it ends. Is this true?
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Last Edited: 2013-10-25