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Maddog5150
12-05-2011, 11:00 AM
Does anyone know of any good urban exploration sites in socal?
Abandoned missile silos, bunker complexes, under ground facilities, ghost towns, abandoned amusement parks where old man winters is sick of those meddling kids and thier dog?

incredablehefey
12-05-2011, 11:44 AM
There is a large underground subway complex under the 4th and hill st. Building in down town LA, it always has the lights on and there are hundreds of rooms and a large platform that was the yellow line. But alas the track is closed off about 50 yards down. People said it was haunted because it was used as a hospital many years ago.

mej16489
12-05-2011, 11:52 AM
Old Nike Missile sites
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6upk0KwekQ

problemchild
12-05-2011, 3:03 PM
I know of one, its a bit of a drive......


http://208.112.37.136/gallery2/main.php/d/942-1/_U6L0164-1.jpg
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cannon
12-05-2011, 3:12 PM
I know of one, its a bit of a drive......


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Dang it, When I invited you over to my Bug Out Location I told you not to tell anyone about it!

Maddog5150
12-05-2011, 9:46 PM
I know of one, its a bit of a drive......


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Wow! looks cool and all but I would rather explore. Like ones not in operation and are delapitated. That way it would be more fun going through and also i could test out my pip-boy and live out my fallout fantasies :43:
speaking of which, just got the new patches in this week. going to announce them tomorrow :)

mindwip
12-05-2011, 11:48 PM
Try the gutters. Seriously I can move through out all of fountain valley using the water run offs. Under freeways, under houses everywhere. Bring a good flashlight and be prepared to walk funny afterwards. Lots of good times down there.

ireload
12-06-2011, 3:18 AM
There use to be a static cruise missle testing site in Poway just across the place I work at. Use to have several bunkers dug on the side of a hill before General Dynamics moved their operation to AZ.

geeknow
12-06-2011, 6:14 AM
The nike sites are cool. There was one up in Brea that we used to explore as kids. Also, the old silver mines at silverado cyn were an adventure too.

I would start with the nike sites. There are a bunch of them, and their locations will surprise you.

Professor Frink
12-06-2011, 7:57 AM
Fort MacArthur is kinda cool. There is the part that is open to the public and there is part that is not. The part that is not is interesting. There are mortar pits and things like that (behind the sea lion recovery center). You can see kids play paintball there, but last I was there they had a caretaker type who would shoo you away if he could find you.

The more interesting one is associated with Fort MacArthur, I think it is refered to as the Upper Reservation. It is on Air Force land, but I used to be able to run around there at will, some of the bunkers were sloppily locked and you could get in the tunnels under them. Not sure if this is still the case, its been a few years.

TrailerparkTrash
12-06-2011, 10:36 AM
Yes Fort MacArthur concrete bunkers are cool. They were built during WWII for big guns to thwart off a Japanese Navy land invasion and/or attack.

The Nike Missle sites are cool. "Barley Flats" up in the Angeles Nat'l forest is the only "converted" Nike site left that is actually manned with people from L.A County Sheriff for their rescue helicopter "stand by" site. The one up in the hills of Brea, of off "Site Drive" is now sadly just a concrete pad and an old pillar of some sorts. I've been meaning to show my father-in-law that place again, since he was stationed there in the 60's, operating the missle site.

In the Cleveland National forest, just south of Sierra Peak (look up from the 91 fwy above green river dr). Where those antennas are, that's "Sierra Peak." Anyway, between Sierra pk and Santiago peak is an old stone cabin ruins called "Beak's Place." (That cabin by the way is still owned by the family of "Beak," which incidentally owns the little island ferry on Balboa island in Newport Beach.) Near the cabin in a very old rusted out stantion of some sort that overlooks a cliff area out to the west.

I found out years ago that that area was a "look out" and emergency radio location that was tasked with watching the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbor areas from afar and concealled. It was believed that if the Japanese were to attack those harbor areas, the radio tower look out post could signal to the "powers that be" of the attack and also keep a bird's eye view of what was happening.

On a clear day from that vantage point, one can clearly see the harbor area and queen mary. Pretty cool exploration area I must say.

cineski
12-06-2011, 11:14 AM
Tagged for future reference. Great info so far.

Tanner68
12-06-2011, 11:18 AM
Chatsworth train tunnel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_GMJJHKN4E

PatientCone
12-06-2011, 12:36 PM
The Old Zoo in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. Anchorman zoo scene was filmed there :p A really awesome old town is Eagle Mountain, CA out near Desert Center.

PatientCone
12-06-2011, 12:40 PM
Have been to some weird abandoned areas closed to Turnbull Canyon in LA as well

252yft
12-06-2011, 4:16 PM
Old Nike Missile sites
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6upk0KwekQ

It's a PARK? We used to drive up there on a Friday night and climb the old metal ladder and throw our beer bottles off that thing. One night the sheriff helicopter chased us off that thing by shinning their spot light at us. We all split up into different directions. Kind a fun watching your drunk buddies run away from da man dude trippin over rocks and bushes. Somethings I really do miss the 70's.

couch
12-07-2011, 9:03 AM
There is a bunch of spots on this site I found while looking for the LA-29 Nike Silo.

http://www.uer.ca/locations/show.asp?locid=24267

Iskra
12-07-2011, 9:12 AM
Don't underestimate manhole covers on your street. They're not all sewers, the storm drains are 4 or 6' pipes for runoff. Wear rubber boots and bring a backup flashlight.

When I was a kid, we figured out to get close to all our buddies' houses without using the streets by walking through the storm drains. We drew maps and counted off the branches to know where we were. Awesome fun.

couch
12-07-2011, 9:13 AM
Check this section out from UER.ca

http://www.uer.ca/forum_showthreads.asp?fid=1&catid=302

wash
12-07-2011, 9:14 AM
RPV has the old pop-up gun turrets I think they are by the Korean Friendship Bell.

I don't know the proper name so it may have already been mentioned.

The old UCLA medical center was creepy with lots of weird hallways and allegedly you could walk a marathon without going down the same hall twice.

Sanderhawk
12-07-2011, 9:38 AM
Also, the old silver mines at silverado cyn were an adventure

I found these old silver mines and they have welded gates in front of the entrances now. A couple of teens died in them in 2002 and so now no one can go in them. It was still an adventure to find them you just can`t get in them.

mej16489
12-07-2011, 11:12 AM
The old Ridge Route can be fun too
http://www.ridgeroute.com/

wheels
12-07-2011, 11:24 AM
Saw something on TV last night - it was about a compound some NAZI sympathizers were building in the hills above Santa Monica during the mid 1930's. Called the Murphy's compound or something like that. There were taking the cameras through the area - and didn't seem like they had permission since they climbed thru a hole in the brick wall.

There was like a 400,000 gallon water tank, generator building, 10,000 gallon fuel depot.

Story was the Nazi were preparing to go off the grid for 2 years after the Germans defeated the USA - and Hitler could come to LA and take over.

Tanner68
12-07-2011, 12:21 PM
Saw something on TV last night - it was about a compound some NAZI sympathizers were building in the hills above Santa Monica during the mid 1930's. Called the Murphy's compound or something like that. There were taking the cameras through the area - and didn't seem like they had permission since they climbed thru a hole in the brick wall.

There was like a 400,000 gallon water tank, generator building, 10,000 gallon fuel depot.

Story was the Nazi were preparing to go off the grid for 2 years after the Germans defeated the USA - and Hitler could come to LA and take over.

That is the canyon between Sullivan and Will Rogers. Several buildings are still standing.

BadPoor313
12-07-2011, 12:25 PM
Chatsworth train tunnel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_GMJJHKN4E

Used to walk that at night back in high school. The tunnel in the video is one of the smaller ones. The main tunnel that goes from Simi to Chatsworth is over a mile long. There are cutouts in the walls every 100yds or so to keep you from getting hit by a train. In the center of the tunnel there is a large cutout that is big enough for 20 people. We used to chill and build a fire in the big cutout. The wind is crazy in there after a train goes by.

Got Stuff?
12-07-2011, 5:06 PM
Pretty cool tunnels an old irrigation network around plunge creek.

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u145/OutfittersSurplus/Plunge%20Creek%20Jan%202011/100_3174.jpg

SuperSet
12-07-2011, 5:16 PM
Some cool stuff in this thread! I just pack my camera and put together some stuff for my channel.

bill_k_lopez
12-07-2011, 5:26 PM
Steam tunnels under UCLA - very accessible (although you will get arrested for trespassing).

I used to work at Royce Hall and had access to them. Very old, dark and extensive.

http://math.stanford.edu/~lekheng/pictures/uclamap.gif

Dutch3
12-07-2011, 8:43 PM
Used to walk that at night back in high school. The tunnel in the video is one of the smaller ones. The main tunnel that goes from Simi to Chatsworth is over a mile long. There are cutouts in the walls every 100yds or so to keep you from getting hit by a train. In the center of the tunnel there is a large cutout that is big enough for 20 people. We used to chill and build a fire in the big cutout. The wind is crazy in there after a train goes by.

That is tunnel 26. It was a favorite hangout to party for myself and some friends back in my high school days (late 70's - early 80's). We would park at the end of the Hopetown road on the Simi side and walk in with lawn chairs, pizza and beer. The large alcove near the middle was #12 or #14, I can't remember.

We just hung out by a small fire and watched the trains roll through. We weren't into vandalism or graffiti. You could see the signals outside each end from inside, and when they turned green or red, it meant a train was coming. The freight trains coming out of Simi were running uphill and gave us plenty of time to get to an alcove. The ones coming from Chatsworth were running downhill and I know I had to sprint a couple of times to get to an alcove and out of the way. The small alcoves only have room for about two people.

I have heard that the tunnel is lighted at night these days. back then, there were lights on the walls, but they were in disrepair and not operating. We relied on flashlights.

One time, a Ventura County Sheriff deputy showed up to escort us out after being tipped off by someone. He was concerned that his radio did not work in there, and was constantly being spooked by the rumble of trucks on the 118 freeway nearby. He thought it was the sound of a train coming. We had been in there dozens of times and told him what we knew about the trains, signals, schedules, etc. By the time we walked out the end, I think he had become a railfan, LOL.

On another note, one of my old friends from high school was found dead in that tunnel about a year ago or so. He was slumped in one of the alcoves with no apparent signs of trauma. I never heard if his death was due to natural causes (he had been in poor health) or something else. I had not seen him in over 25 years, although we talked on the phone occasionally.

Sad.

Dutch3
12-07-2011, 9:17 PM
This got me thinking about the Santa Susana "caves".

I had heard they had been "sealed by dynamite" many years ago, but apparently that is not true. It is not really a cave, but rather the open spaces between the giant sandstone boulders that make up the landscape in that area. Many of the openings have been formed by water over the years, such as the infamous "slide".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgzTjxMn9w

Incredible that the rock pipe still exists. I am not a stoner, but have been down there several times in my younger days. Not recommended for the claustrophobic. One friend got stuck while crawling through a tight spot and to say he freaked out is an understatement.

olhunter
12-08-2011, 11:16 AM
That is tunnel 26. It was a favorite hangout to party for myself and some friends back in my high school days (late 70's - early 80's). We would park at the end of the Hopetown road on the Simi side and walk in with lawn chairs, pizza and beer....

lol...We did that too. Same time frame. We came in from the Chatsworth Park side though. There was a rumor that the conductors would shoot you with rock-salt shotguns if they saw you in the tunnel. Probably BS but it added to the excitement.

The wife has to hear all the stories each time we take the train to Santa Barbara and we go through the tunnels. She just rolls her eyes and continues drinking her Bloody Mary's.

cineski
12-08-2011, 6:13 PM
Yeah, I've been there lots of times. Good times although the house is almost completely flattened now. The generator building is still standing and the old VW bus by the creek is always fun. Go up the trail a bit to the horse barn. You'll get bombed by bats.

This is a great place for night hikes.

That is the canyon between Sullivan and Will Rogers. Several buildings are still standing.

Dutch3
12-08-2011, 7:06 PM
lol...We did that too. Same time frame. We came in from the Chatsworth Park side though. There was a rumor that the conductors would shoot you with rock-salt shotguns if they saw you in the tunnel. Probably BS but it added to the excitement.

The wife has to hear all the stories each time we take the train to Santa Barbara and we go through the tunnels. She just rolls her eyes and continues drinking her Bloody Mary's.

There was an incident earlier (mid-70's?) when a conductor riding in a caboose was shot with a small caliber firearm while going through the tunnel. As I recall, it was not a very serious wound, although it was always in the back of my mind when we went in there. I don't think getting caught in there by railroad security would have ended up well.


Years later, I was riding on the train in a dome car on a trip up from San Clemente to Oxnard. As we approached the tunnel portal on the Chatsworth side, a bunch of kids were up on top of the portal throwing huge rocks down on the train. I was thinking "damn hoodlums" and wanted to jump off so I could kick their azzes, LOL.

brandontodd33
12-08-2011, 8:58 PM
Anyone know of any up in the Sacramento area

TrailerparkTrash
12-08-2011, 9:54 PM
This got me thinking about the Santa Susana "caves".

I had heard they had been "sealed by dynamite" many years ago, but apparently that is not true. It is not really a cave, but rather the open spaces between the giant sandstone boulders that make up the landscape in that area. Many of the openings have been formed by water over the years, such as the infamous "slide".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DgzTjxMn9w

Incredible that the rock pipe still exists. I am not a stoner, but have been down there several times in my younger days. Not recommended for the claustrophobic. One friend got stuck while crawling through a tight spot and to say he freaked out is an understatement.

I would stay out of that area all together. Most people don't know that America's first NUCLEAR MELTDOWN occurred up in the Santa Susana Mtns, when a company called "Atomics International" owned all that land up there. Their reactor spewed all kinds of radioactive crap in the the air and the soil to the day is contaminated. It occurred in the late 50's as I recall reading once. To this day, Boeing who owns the land now says it's still NOT CLEANED UP!

If you want cancer sooner than not, go play around in those mountains above Chattsworth!

smle-man
12-08-2011, 10:07 PM
That is the canyon between Sullivan and Will Rogers. Several buildings are still standing.

Close to the boy scout camp Josepho. I walked through the whole compound about 10-15 years ago when my son's scout troop was at the camp. A trail went through the ruins.

Eastlos
12-09-2011, 6:38 PM
L.A. River and all of its feed lines.

Dutch3
12-09-2011, 7:57 PM
I would stay out of that area all together. Most people don't know that America's first NUCLEAR MELTDOWN occurred up in the Santa Susana Mtns, when a company called "Atomics International" owned all that land up there. Their reactor spewed all kinds of radioactive crap in the the air and the soil to the day is contaminated. It occurred in the late 50's as I recall reading once. To this day, Boeing who owns the land now says it's still NOT CLEANED UP!

If you want cancer sooner than not, go play around in those mountains above Chattsworth!

Interestingly enough, my Dad worked at the Rocketdyne facility back around 1959 and again in the 1980's when it was part of Atomics International ( a subsidiary of Rockwell).

I grew up underneath that mess in Simi Valley from 1962 until 1985. Loved those rocket motor tests that would rattle the windows for 10 minutes at a time.

Dad worked at the Nevada Test Site in the early 60's as well. He is still living in Simi, 84 years old and no cancer so far. I am 49 and doing well, too. I guess sometimes you just get lucky.