Sunken City – Los Angeles, California - Atlas Obscura

Sunken City

A jumble of foundations, streets, and streetcar tracks inhabit the cliff where a landslide occurred in 1929. 


In 1929, a landslide in San Pedro, California, caused a neighborhood of exclusive homes to tumble into the ocean. At its peak, the land movement was measured at an astounding 11 inches a day. During the slide, part of the adjoining Point Fermin Park also fell into the ocean.

Today, the area is called “Sunken City” by locals, and consists of the broken foundations of houses, abandoned streetcar tracks, buckled sidewalks, and empty streets. The area is now a popular hiking spot.

It’s been featured in travel vlogs, television shows, and films such as The Big Lebowski. It was also showcased by professional skateboarder Kilian Martin, giving new life to its unique destruction in the film Edge of the World.

Know Before You Go

Do not attempt to enter the Sunken City. Not only is trespassing not tolerated, but accessing the ruins is dangerous and therefore should not be attempted. Due to the danger of the ruins, the site is strictly off-limits to the public.

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