The Scariest Place In Alta Loma

The scariest and most haunted house in Alta Loma is just north of Hillside, east of Hermosa Ave. in an area known as 'The Woods' of Alta Loma, only a few streets from the base of the mountain.  This haunted house story is more interesting than your average 'haunted house' story because it's not about some 100 year old home or winery, it's about a fairly new home built in 1989 and everything is verifiable.  These things all happened in the mid to late 1990's and any of the neighbors can confirm the details and the incident was actually reported in the Daily Bulletin newspaper.

The house is on a 1/2 acre horse property with over 150 eucalyptus trees.  Several people have commented that it looks like something out of the movie 'Blair Witch Project' and say it is scary looking at night even if nothing happened there.  The house itself is tutor style and small for the area at only about 2200 sq. feet and 3 bedrooms.  All the other houses in the area are much larger.

The original owner was a contractor and built the home himself, literally with his own hands as a gift to the love of his life whom he had just married a few years before.  They lived happily for a few years and had twin girls that went to Vineyard Jr High down the street at Hermosa and Highland Ave.

The story goes that after being served divorce papers the man grew severely depressed.  When the soon to be ex-wife demanded that he move out of the home that he not only owned, but built himself, he swore on his life that he would never leave.  The next day he waited for his wife and twin daughters to leave for school & work, got his shotgun, went to his favorite sitting area beneath one of the larger eucalyptus trees, put the barrel in his mouth, his toe on the trigger, and blew the better part of his head off.

Upon returning home from school that afternoon the girls became concerned that the back door was open, the TV was on, etc, and went searching for their father.  One girl searched the front of the property, the other, the back of the property.  When the girl found her father's mostly decapitated body in the back yard she began screaming so uncontrollably that the neighbors called the police thinking a crime was occurring.  The girl was so traumatized by finding her father this way that a few weeks later she also killed herself in the house by slitting her wrists in the bathtub.  The mother and other daughter sold the home and moved out shortly after.  The house has had several owners since - not one of them staying any longer than about a year because of the strange happenings inside and outside the home.

Neighbors and locals walking the horse-trail behind the home report seeing the figure of the husband wondering aimlessly at night thru the trees.   You can also hear the screaming of the daughter as the wind blows through the trees at night.  People that have lived in the house have told neighbors that they also hear the screams of the teenage girl and sometimes hear the words "daddy" being whispered when it's quite in the house. When it's windy they also report seeing a shadow figure move through the trees at night.

If you are ever walking through the horse trails above Hillside Avenue and east of Hermosa, look for the yard with a lot of trees and the smallest house in the area.  If you want to see or hear the ghosts, go back at night and you can hear the screams of the girl and might see the father or his shadow wandering the property that he swore he would never leave.


There is no 'trespassing' when walking on public horse trails, the street, or sidewalks.. Unless people are climbing over the fence onto private property or walking down the driveway, signs will be useless and nobody will be subject to anything you are spouting off about.

Sure there is it's called loitering. Look who's spouting off I'm making a suggestion to prevent a neighborhood growing nusuance.

Why does everyone have to keep being so mean? I appreciate the suggestions and I don't see any reason to criticize anyone for offering help. It's really not a huge problem, even though we do notice the occasional lurkers after all these years, Thank you all for your help. It is greatly appreciated.

I'm not sure why everyone's so up in arms about this. Are there curious people? Yes. Are there people valdalising the property? No. If kids want to walk around the trail and be curious, that's fine. Obviously it's not okay to climb the fence into someone's backyard. If people are interested in a so-called supernatural phenomena, let them be. If it was my house id be more than welcome to scare a ton of some kids with scary stories and noises. Keep it chill, people!

Well said! :)

Do you have a trail behind your house? If so then go ahead and spread rumors about your own house and you can tell all the scary stories you want. Kids are curious? They can go visit the Queen Mary.

I received a "Dear Alta Loma Resident" letter from Rancho Cucamonga Police Dept a couple years ago. Warning residents of increasing crime in our area via access to the bridle paths behind our homes. How are residents to tell who is using the bridle path for its intended use or scouting your residence for robbery? I used to get kids parking behind my barn because it gave them a beautiful view at night then leaving beer bottles/cans and garbage behind. My point is That's why I thought they were called "bridle paths" and used to exit/enter your property with your horses to get to the main trails. Exceptions can be maid as to public access. Archibald Ave is one. Archibald between Banyon and Wilson, the west side there is an easement for a bridle path, however the owners have moved their fences back and enclosed the easement, look on google map and you'll see a lot of the original fencing. The city ended up changing the easment and moving it to the curb and putting up a post and rail fence. It only takes one loiterer to rob you and it seems to me there should be no reason why anyone but your immediate neighbors to be using the bridle path behind your home.

I live just north of Hillside and just west of Hermosa. Lived here almost 20 years and never heard this. I would call the police, go to city council meetings and get restrictions on the bridle paths, may help a bit. Our trails are private and we still get people nosying about. I'm sure your Elvis impersonator on Iron Mtn doesn't help keep traffic down with all the parties; however, his voice should scare away any ghosts if there happen to be any.

I don't live in the woods but right next to it. I had a friend that lived there and visited several times and I never got a creepy feeling. I actually love the neighborhood. I also believe in ghosts per se. The law is that if you are selling a house and someone has died in the house in the past five years you must disclose it. My father died in our home in LA county from cancer. We had built the 5 bedroom, 7 bath home. The house was a year old when he died. Immediately after that weird stuff started happening, lights flickering, garbage disposal suddenly went on. We had electricians out never to find a problem. We waited the five years and sold the house, I didn't want to but we could no longer afford such a large home. The "activity" lasted about a year or so otherwise I never could have left my dads ghost with strangers. However, we found out later that the land in that area had been used during WWII as a holding camp. There was a lot of new construction in the early '90's in that area and a contractor ran into trouble, the city got involved and they ended up having to bring in a huge crane to pull up whatever they found, it was kept quiet.

Why do so many people have experiences and beliefs with this house but nobody know the address?