The leg end of Turnbull Canyon

The leg end of Turnbull Canyon

There are 197 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Jan 22, 2008, titled The leg end of Turnbull Canyon. In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

A local church has declared the deep ravines and steep walls of Turnbull Canyon as a battle ground in a war to reclaim from evil the stretch of wilderness between Whittier and Hacienda Heights.

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michelle

United States

#192 Jul 28, 2013
In the 60s my dad put a swing up that went over the cliffs. He hung out there all the time and nothing happened to him.
I've been up there tons of times and never had anything happen...but some shady people hand out up there, so be careful
thing73vw

Whittier, CA

#194 Oct 23, 2013
I have driven Turnbull Canyon Road every day for the last 12 years, and I have never seen any evidence of cults.
Howie Feltersnatch

Mira Loma, CA

#196 Nov 5, 2013
thing73vw wrote:
I have driven Turnbull Canyon Road every day for the last 12 years, and I have never seen any evidence of cults.
Exactly, that's because there are no cults hanging out in Turnbull.
vibe

Pacoima, CA

#197 Jan 6, 2014
it's not so much haunted it's just scary people, i've been up there plenty of times for late night hikes from 12am-4am with my friends we drink some beers and we even meet new people there all very friendly but do keep your guard up i've seen sketchy people every once in a while i mean i've some really scary things and have heard them too but i know the hills too well to be scared away from them i find this more culturally interesting and intriguing
Whittier Native

La Habra, CA

#198 Jan 26, 2014
So...I just want to say that I have lived in whittier all my life and yes this city has a crazy history. Ive been hiking numerous times all over the canyon, especially in the areas that are private property or have DO NOT ENTER signs. Me and my high school friends use to smoke weed all over Turnbull and had about 7 favorite spots we discovered. So believe me, I know way too much about this place.

My brother has had a few run ins with paranormal stuff. He and his gf were very into car sex and once parked on the side of the canyon road close to the bottom where the trail is. They had the window cracked and heard a girl yelling HELP at the top of her lungs. They knew about all the stories and didn't stick around to find out if it was real or if someone was really in danger. Another time they were parker in penn park parking lot and saw bald men in white robes marching through the park and enter behind that pool thing next to the bathrooms. My brother is not one to lie so I do believe him 100%

Me and my high school friends were never caught up by the cops for weed in TC but we did have 3 run-ins with the locals. They were all white trash and were very angry because they saw stoners all the time. They even talked to us in racial slurs calling me and my friends wetbacks and one of my friends a N***er. This made me believe that these people could be white supremacists.

One time me and my friend started our hike on the trail that starts on Colima road near mar vista. We hiked passed NO TRESPASSING signs and deep into the center of the canyon and ended out of the entrance of the dump. We discovered numerous cameras disguised as birds and camouflaged. As we walked further in we also found these metal plated doors in the ground that we could not open. They were definitely some kind of bunker

when I lived in mar vista heights down the street from the gate that divided the neighborhood and the wilderness, me and my friend while drinking decided to pass the fence. we hiked 2 miles in after midnight and found this 20 foot tall green gate. In the middle of it was a very high tech building with a roof a few feet above the ground. The building was mostly underground. As we smoked weed on this weird broken to bits road beside it we heard a sudden "bweewp" of a cop siren and a flash of red in our area with the sound of a car door closing . We were far from any main roads and in a isolated area so we went to inspect and never found anyone.

I don't know what is up with this place and I will tell you that there is something strange. Either the KKK or some government secret project is present in TC.
BobA

Fullerton, CA

#200 Apr 8, 2014
On a dare, I remember going to "visit" the Hermit back in the early 70's. Four of us walked back in behind the gate about 300 ft. or so and were amazed to see in the moonlight a shack with all kinds of furniture scattered around outside. As we approached the Hermit-guy spotted us. Un-noticed by us, he was laying on one of the sofas outside. He sat up and yelled at us to get out of there and leave him alone. That was enough to make us turn around and high-tail it out of there quick! After telling our experience to others we knew at the time, some of them went up there and claimed they actually sat down and talked with the guy. They learned he was a kind of "care-taker" for the property, hired by the owner. Anyway, it was a great time of life and a lot of fun to find out the legend was actually true.
lovergirl

El Monte, CA

#202 Jun 25, 2014
this sounds so scary!!
tellinitlikeitis

Houston, TX

#203 Apr 4, 2015
BobA wrote:
On a dare, I remember going to "visit" the Hermit back in the early 70's. Four of us walked back in behind the gate about 300 ft. or so and were amazed to see in the moonlight a shack with all kinds of furniture scattered around outside. As we approached the Hermit-guy spotted us. Un-noticed by us, he was laying on one of the sofas outside. He sat up and yelled at us to get out of there and leave him alone. That was enough to make us turn around and high-tail it out of there quick! After telling our experience to others we knew at the time, some of them went up there and claimed they actually sat down and talked with the guy. They learned he was a kind of "care-taker" for the property, hired by the owner. Anyway, it was a great time of life and a lot of fun to find out the legend was actually true.
I made love to the hermit guy! He had a nice fat a$$ and groovy sideburns! My bottom is still sore though, and it's been 27 years.
Joseph

Whittier, CA

#205 Apr 17, 2015
I was up there at turnbull with some friends and I was telling them about a red pick up truck next thing you know it pulls up and the driver just stares at us for like 15 minutes. I just told my friends get in the damn car and I took off speeding down the hill it was fun and scary at the same time.
PeanutButtercup

Los Angeles, CA

#206 May 20, 2015
Turnbull Canyon legends! Seems a few of the more sinister tales began with locals upset over the alleged presence of Anton LaVey (yes, the Church of Satan guy) who had supposedly leased a large, isolated property up there on the Hacienda Heights side. Of course the tenants, being devil worshippers, were supposedly sacrificing virgins, animals, and hapless lost teenage stoners. This was way back in the 60's or 70's.

Then there was Hangman's Tree, hotspot of questionable suicides and tormented ghosts.

My friends and I never found anything of the dark twilight zone variety, just other bored teenagers and frustrated cops. The Turnbull crawl was pretty much a rite of passage for local high schoolers back then, since the Whittier police had put the kibosh on cruising Whittier Boulevard.
Chalsae Clitton

South El Monte, CA

#207 May 21, 2015
England. My buddies from England. They visited for a month in August 1993. Nightly we'd drive the winding road and hike to Hell's Gate. All of us were Christian; in fact we were baptised as children. There was something that compelled us, however, during the month to visit that singular location in the Whittier hills. We became actual devil worshippers during that time. By the end of the month the whole thing had become passé, so we recommitted ourselves to the Lord. Wow. What a summer.
Nak

Westminster, CA

#208 Dec 10, 2015
Dino wrote:
I grew up in that area and there is no insane asylum in Turnbull Canyon. Its just another Urban Myth.
Dean?
Jeff Gridley

South El Monte, CA

#209 Dec 12, 2015
BobA wrote:
On a dare, I remember going to "visit" the Hermit back in the early 70's. Four of us walked back in behind the gate about 300 ft. or so and were amazed to see in the moonlight a shack with all kinds of furniture scattered around outside. As we approached the Hermit-guy spotted us. Un-noticed by us, he was laying on one of the sofas outside. He sat up and yelled at us to get out of there and leave him alone. That was enough to make us turn around and high-tail it out of there quick! After telling our experience to others we knew at the time, some of them went up there and claimed they actually sat down and talked with the guy. They learned he was a kind of "care-taker" for the property, hired by the owner. Anyway, it was a great time of life and a lot of fun to find out the legend was actually true.
I sucked him off.
mr y

Fresno, CA

#211 Dec 21, 2015
Wow
Cali Cali

Los Angeles, CA

#212 Jan 19, 2016
Purple Dreamer wrote:
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A guy in my class drove to hell's gate with his friend really late at night once, and he said there was a dead dog in front of the gate and bloody animal footprints. As they were driving away they saw a pit on the side of the road filled with a bunch of dead animals carcasses. While driving back down the hill they began being chased by a white car that speed and tailgated them all the way down the hill. After looking it up online, he found out that there was supposedly a car accident that happened on Turnbull 5 years prior, involving a small white 4 seater car a long time ago. So I'm pretty sure it is a Ghost Car.
Also does anyone know where the empty pool is?
The empty pool is in the back yard of what use to be in 1930 "The Singing Kettle Tea house". This is on the corner of Turnbull Canyon rd and Skyline. its the property that looks like tombstones or a cementery. its a private property now, but u can still see the house from a far.
Anonymous

Claremont, CA

#213 Jan 23, 2016
Not the best place to go.
liz

Perris, CA

#216 Mar 20, 2016
My bf jumped off turnbull canyon. He was really drunk and we were arguing. Next thing i know he jumps. It was dramatic. I thought he was dead. But he survived. Sad part is that i ran to ask for help and no one helped. We were at the side of the road to. I was screaming and crying. No one helped. Until i called the cops and they blocked off the canyon.

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