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.


Wow know you got me going on how he was able to get up those stairs and how was was able to do anything in a (wheelchair) I sure give that man alot of credit for doing the things he accomplised.... So I guess the houses on on Snowbird or Whispering Forest are pretty haunted from what I have heard!!!C
ould you tell me how to get to Snowbird or Whispering Forest if Im coming up Hermosa going north would I run into those streets if not how to I find them?

The easiest way for me to describe where it is or how to find it is to go to googlemaps and type in "snowbird drive, Rancho Cucamonga". but basically, drive up hermosa and turn right onto whichever street. if you hit the mountatin, you went too far.

Okay sounds good, I will check it out,I really dnt know why Im so interested in that house and why we keep going back, its like something in the back of my head tells me to go check it out, its probably cause I want to know if thats true and also want to see the house he build for his wife, its all kinda freaky and alot of fun sometimes, but any house you go to and think its the house ur mind starts playing games and allways thinking that ur at that house, well anyways have a great weekend and will be talking to you very soon.... Here's my email address


This is the property I thought was the correct one as I was heading home. Once I was able to unlock my car, I just figured it was a sign to leave. (Since I had been locked out for over an hour). However, now that I read other comments, I'm even more confused. Does ANYbody know the exact location or will this continue to be a mystery that never gets solved? I mean I want to go back, but I'm beginning to lose interest since:

1. There is no additional info out there (meaning news articles, clippings, internet cred) to even prove the story true.

2. Obviously people have been there but yet NO one,knows the address of the exact house. I mean yea, the whole are is pretty fucking nuts(!!!!), but can someone give us some approximate location specs?

Anyway, hopefully we'll get something concrete soon. I really do want to go back but I don't want to have the same experience twice.

it's true i've been there! I've heard this story since Jr High and when I went to Los Osos me and a bunchof friends went to check it out around 2004. One of my friends knew exactly where it was. I dont know how she knew and I dont remember the address or n'ything but I remember that we parked on Hermosa just above the first street (i dont remember the name) past Vista Grove and walked in from the back on the horse trails. it was around maybe a few hundred yards up the trail right where the trail curvs around to the left. we never got to the front of the house so i don't know what street it's on. from the back it had like 100 trees and the whole yard was a mess covered with leaves and branches and stuff like nobody took care of it but there was two dogs there going crazy barking so i'm sure someone lived there. We could see the one big tree where the guy killed himself right in the middle of the yard not very far from the back door and patio just a few feet from the fence and horse trail. the tree had like a sitting area around it with an old bench and they said thats where he was sitting when it did it. it really does look like a Blair Wich house because of the trees. even though we didnt hear or see anything we got freaked out because the place was so scary and creepy looking and my friends kept messing around so we left before we got busted.

Hello everyone.
I have resided in Rancho Cucamonga since I was in the Sixth grade. I went to Banyan Elementary school and then then I went to Vineyard Jr High and then on to Los Osos High school and I just graduated couple months ago.

Anyway, I just heard this ghost story from my buddy's friend last night. A couple of friends and myself decided to go check it out.
The story says the house is north Hillside and east of Hermosa. We went to that big acre lot with a little house and lots of trees with 3 other house on the property - right by Whispering Forest. If anyone knows where the trail actually is please leave a comment tell me specifically which trail it is. I would very much like to go check it out

Thank you very much even though the story sounds sketchy.

the house in the story only has one house on the property, not 3.

The trail is right behind the house. It runs from Hermosa just above Whispering Forest, behind several houses including the haunted house in this story, comes out on Whispering Forest, and continues across to the wash/hills on the other side.

i just want to find the damn house. Thats all...jeeze.

I have known about this story for years and it's almost like legend in this area (I live just below Wilson a few blocks west of Hermosa). Maybe it's just urban legand, but except for the haunting and ghost parts I've always assumed at least the part about the guy off-ing himself was true.

Can you please tell me where its located at. im trying to look for it on google maps but cant find it without an address or more detailed directions.


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