Gravity Hill is a place of legend- some claim it’s haunted. The story goes that once upon a time a school bus full of children broke down on a steep road near the mountains in Altadena (an unincorporated town just north of Pasadena). As the children were standing outside of the broken down bus, a car came around the corner, killing them. Rumors say that if you park your car on this “hill” that you can feel your car being pushed uphill, as the children push you to safety. Supposedly if you put powder on your trunk, you can see the little hand prints.
Gravity Hill is located at 1054 E. Loma Alta Drive. Go north on Porter off of Altadena Dr., then go west onto Loma Alta. (If you hit Maiden Lane, you have gone too far…) There is fencing on the south side of the street at a bend.
It may be a legend, but the hill itself exists, and residents and tourists alike come to test it out every day. The reality, according to experts, is that the hill is an optical illusion, but even knowing that the phenomenon obeys the laws of physics didn’t stop me from wanting to check it out. Go try for yourself! Both side of the street work the same, and it’s a unique location to bring your friends from out of town. Also, if you take a water bottle (not completely full), and put it on the hill, that will also be pushed uphill… Top tip? Go at night. At night, the hill is extremely dark and it’s certainly difficult to drive the curvy road. One thing for sure, many people who drive to Altadena for the thrill, don’t dare to drive alone as they fear they might see the ghosts’ reflections through the rear view mirror.
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