Sunken City [CLOSED]

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Sunken City [CLOSED] is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Pedro, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

0.5 miles
29 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




no dogs

Sunken City is closed to the public; there is a perimeter fence and no trespassing signs posted.

12 days ago

Views and graffiti

18 days ago

Interesting little place

1 month ago

Literally the coolest place. Came here during the day. It’s really not that hard to find at all, park at the park, hop the stone wall to the left of the park by the gate, climb under, through, or around the gate, walk up the side, keep walking across the top, past the houses, you’ll get to the easy and safest path there. This place has a super calm and chill vibe. No one seems like they want to harm you there. Everyone just seems to want to kick it. Didn’t see any police patrolling the area or arresting anyone either. Is safer than it looks actually just don’t be stupid and play around on a cliff side. Definitely a place worth visiting!

1 month ago

It’s not closed. Pretty neat place and nice that it’s right next to the water

9 months ago

Cool place to hangout in the morning.

9 months ago

super easy. great view. really cool ppace to relax and look at the scenery and art/graffiti

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The ground was soft today. Probably because it was 4 days after torrential downpour but still no landslide! Gorgeous views, not sure its worth my life again but once was good enough. I almost showed my teen this spot. I’m glad she slept in. Lol. We all seek beauty and peace in our lifetime. But it’s closed for a very good reason. Go with caution please.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

love it!!

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Always love coming here! Love the art and the views! Nice hiking down to the water.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Grew up here and it remains one of my favorite places in the world ❤️

Friday, October 06, 2017

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Beautiful view! Street artist put graffiti all over the rocks and rubble which I loved.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

It was very short, dirty and disappointing.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice little area to hike and explore. Tons of foot traffic and proceed with caution.

Friday, October 28, 2016

place is cool but be careful after dark, had 2 different groups of friends robbed at gunpoint

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I was confused when I first parked at the park, but soon realized there's not a entrance you have to hop the 3ft cement fence wall in a certain spot that will lead you to a big hole under the other fence.. Ignore all the trespassing signs. This place is dope! The views are amazing.. Just wear some sturdy shoes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The view is breathtaking

Monday, August 29, 2016

pretty cool place to go and explore. super easy to get to. firefighters were training and repelling down one of the cliff sides while we were there. entered from where the park is. was able to find a semi easy way climb down to the water.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

So beautiful has a park nice stop if your close.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Finally made my way to Sunken City in San Pedro. Easy Parking and great site views. There are 4 ways to enter... the hole that is near the park and it's a big hole to go under. I wasn't sure from the pictures if I was gonna have to get dirty going under. I am a bigger girl, so all I had to do was grouch down and walk through. The same place where you go under the gate, you can actually walk to the edge of the fence and just walk around. I seen that after the fact. And despite some of the stuff I did end up reading, the edge of the fence or going under are no dangerous or hard. We brought our 8 year old niece, although she did need help with some of the climbs.

You can also enter through the fence, which is a walk through. It's right in front of Carolina street. I made the mistake of following the trial and missed it. But in order to fit through the fence you have to be around 200lbs of less. I saw a lot of people try to pass through who not fit and the only person who did fit from my group was a child. So best to enter at the Point Fermin Park.

Now if like me you missed or didn't read reviews, I didn't fit through the fence and had no idea where the hole under the fence was. So we jumped the fence at the Skate Park. The Fence is only about 4 Feet high and I am over 250 lbs and had no trouble jumping it. So those are the 4 ways to get in.

Parking is free on the streets and at the Park. There are plenty of pics to take, places to eat across the street, a Roach Coach and Ice cream truck at the park if you want a snack afterwards.

I recommend you wear good shoes with good traction. Some of the trial is steep and rocky. Especially if you go down to the water, which we did. Also if you don't have good balance maybe even bring garden gloves. There is a ton of glass everywhere from people not picking up their trash and having all those broken beer bottles everywhere.

So have fun and hope this review helped.

Monday, July 25, 2016

So it was a lot of fun to explore, but sadly very dirty! Once we hiked down the mountain beachside we were bombarded by disgust. All the leftover old Dead Seaweed on the shore with seagulls pooping and eating crab! It smelled like old fish and a lot of gross flies! A lot of lower class roaming around and it feels like people just dump their old belongings over the ledge.. It is beautiful from the top but once you get down its just nasty!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Last hiked summer 2015.

This is a raw bandit trail that my son and I had to fence-hop to access. According to the city, it's illegal to enter SC. But boy, is it worth it! Tons of gorgeous graffiti, slabs of broken asphalt and a view of the ocean that'll take your breath away!

Lots of broken glass and other trash, so wear some good shoes. Keep an eye out for the Jura (police), because they're not big fans of Sunken City explorers.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A romantic hike with my sweetheart and a bottle of red wine with a cheese platter. She loved it. It was even better than Ann planned she brought along her telescope and we were able to see the stars and moon. Brought al

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Excellent! So great to check out old roads. Being so close to cliffs was also fantastic. Great place for making out if you are under 16 or yoga selfies if you are brave.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Really really cool path. Lots of artwork and abandoned areas that add a great bit of ambiance to the walk. Some interesting tidepools are also a short walk away.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

The area is closed. Definitely not good for children simply because to get around the gate requires scaling down a steep cliff side. Disappointment. Unless there's a safer way to get around the gate.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Very easy trail. Took my 5yo. He loved climbing the rocky path. Great views of the ocean. We walked to the pier after. Probably should have brought some snacks for him.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More of an urban exploring adventure than anything but that doesn't take away from it if you know what you're getting into. You have to precariously hike around the perimeter fence to get to the Sunken City part--on a busy enough day you just have to follow the people to the path but don't worry, it's there.

Some neighbors have rallied to open this up to the public and some have fought it but I imagine it'll continue to be "off limits" because that's just the status quo.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

As mentioned before it's not much of a hike, but more of a walk through to see some cool graffiti, over what used to be a city.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

To Whom it May Concern, I am a police officer with the LAPD Harbor Division, which includes San Pedro. Currently the area known as "Sunken City" is closed to the public; there is a perimeter fence and no trespassing signs posted to illustrate this fact. We recently did a sweep of the area and cited a large number of people for trespassing. Everyone cited will have to appear in court before and judge and will be facing penalties of up to 6 months in jail or a $1,000.00 fine. Make no mistake about it, if you are caught trespassing in Sunken City by Law Enforcement, you will be cited and or arrested and will then be facing a similar consequence.

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