Just outside of Los Angeles, you'll find a haunted hill where ghost children push your car out of the way of unseen danger. Thanks to their tiny hands, vehicles that visit Gravity Hill in Altadena, CA, are pushed to the top without having to step on the gas. Many people have experienced this haunted hillside, and have been left amazed by the creepy phenomenon. What's going on at Gravity Hill?
The Gravity Hill urban legend is one of many creepy legends from California, and reports vary on just how it came to be so bizarre. Some suggest the Gravity Hill myth began after a school bus crashed, killing all its passengers, while others believe it was a distracted driver who killed a group of children. Whatever the true tale may be, the events that take place on Gravity Hill are both unsettling and unbelievable. Is there a scientific explanation, or is the site purely paranormal? Even if you don't believe in ghosts, the story of the haunted hill will make you wonder.
Visitors to Gravity Hill notice something eerie. Although they are facing uphill when their vehicle is put into neutral, it will begin moving forward on its own.
A writer at the blog Haunted Los Angeles decided to put this spooky story to the test: "I got in my truck and put it in neutral and sure enough, it was moving. What’s interesting is it seems the higher it gets up the hill, the more speed picks up."
The phenomenon happens on both sides of the road and apparently works on rolling water bottles as well.
While experiencing your vehicle moving on its own is already creepy, the legend of Gravity Hill gets even creepier. One theory suggests ghosts concerned for your safety are responsible for a vehicle's movement up the hill – they are trying to push you out of danger.
Looking for proof of ghostly interference? Sprinkle some baby powder on the bumper of your car before going up the hill. Small hand prints will supposedly appear.
There are numerous stories about the origins of the ghosts of Gravity Hill, and several of them have to do with a group of dead school children.
In one version, a school bus had broken down and a group of children were waiting for a tow truck in the shade. As they stood on the side of the road, a car came around the corner too fast, didn't notice the kids, and hit them all. Another story claims the school children were all killed when their bus had an accident on the hill. And a third legend revolves around a joyriding teen who lost control of her car and fatally crashed in the same spot.
Yet another story emerged about the origin of Gravity Hill's haunting, this time involving an old Native American man. A woman who grew up in the area remembers:
"This road used to be used back in the day by people who'd travel in their horse-drawn carriages and such. An old Indian man was crossing the bridge and cornered too fast, causing him to crash into the side of the bridge and plummet to his death in the shallow riverbed below.
Legend has it that his restless spirit remains, to prevent such an untimely death from happening to anyone else who crosses this bridge. His spirit pulls you back up the hill to prevent you from going too fast around the curve and crashing to your death."