Brea Canyon Road

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Nearly a dozen deaths have occurred along this stretch of Brea Canyon Road over the past 20 years. It is dark at night and somewhat winding. Many people claim to see “phantom hitchhikers” and other strange phenomena here while driving the area at night.

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Brea Canyon Road
Diamond Bar, CA
United States

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33.949717657022575, -117.86785411764868
Nearest Towns:
Rowland Heights, CA (2.8 mi.)
Brea, CA (2.9 mi.)
La Habra, CA (4.7 mi.)
La Habra Heights, CA (4.8 mi.)
South San Jose Hills, CA (4.8 mi.)
Walnut, CA (4.9 mi.)
Yorba Linda, CA (5.3 mi.)
Placentia, CA (5.4 mi.)
Diamond Bar, CA (6.4 mi.)
Fullerton, CA (6.4 mi.)


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  1. It’s not haunted. There is a lot of car accidents there cause its pitch black with only the highway lights visible. The hitch hiking thing maybe from all the gifts and memorials on the side of the road. I’ve driven on it countless times while attending CSUF, coming from Chino Hills. I’ve driven there on dust and late at night to either have a quiet drive or the freeway is some how congested.
    When its too congested for me to use the freeway I used this or the other dark and windy road, Carbon Canyon. Now, that road is a long, spooky drive at night. The only thing scary though are newbies driving through that as well. Some people think they can drive 50 mph all there way, but there are several sharp curves there that make even driving 10-20 mph too much for them to stay on the road.

    • My name is Cindy KAHN. This road is so haunted for me my stories are hard to believe but honestly true.
      My first paranormal experience on this road was July 18, 1981. I was in labor all night and was having my baby delivered at Brea Birthing Center. My Dr was Natural Childbirth Dr Marchbanks. I got to the center and no one was there. I could not even stand up my labor was so far along.
      The Dr showed up a few minutes after us.
      I told him I could not stand. I crawled down the hallway to the birthing room. They threw the covers off the bed. I crawled up there and the Dr said let’s have a look. Next thing he said is oh my she is coming now. A couple pushes and my perfect beautiful baby girl was here. We had a bath in a jacuzzi and 2 hours later I was on my way home. As we drove through the canyon on our way home a creepy voice or thought came through my mind that said I could throw this baby out the window and no one would even know I had her.
      Needless to say this scared me caused I loved my baby so and would never harm her.

      My next frightening canyon experience was 14 years later. My son had gotten a fast new car he was 18 years old. He was coming home from work on the 57 frwy. He was speeding and all of a sudden the traffic was stopped to avoid the stopped cars he went to the right hit the dirt went up the hill and rolled the car. He was working with my husband but they each were driving their own car. My husband came up on the accident scene and his heart sank. Some how by the grace of god my son and nephew were not hurt bad but scared to say the least. This accident was parallel to Brea Canyon and very close to where I had the experience with my baby.

      19 years after the 1981 incident, July 29, 2000 my other son’s 23rd Birthday. He was in a fatal car crash on Brea Canyon road. There were some very odd, strange, and scary things that happened that night. My daughter in law can verify all these things.
      There are many more odd things that are unexplainable that happened that night.
      Our life will never be the same but we know our son is waiting for us in Heaven with arms wide open and we shall be together on the day that it is our time.

  2. A very long haired gentleman I met while at Cal State Fullerton died in Brea Canyon between 1969 and 1970. Rumor had it that he was driving a large amount of very strong alcohol used to make Hashish oil and also some of the drug as well, and that he was too loaded to be driving–particularly with the alcohol vapors from the poorly sealed bottles.. I never knew where the exact site was, but i can confirm the death and the circumstances as related in the paper and also from people at school. If such a ghost is seen, it may have been him!

    • I was up in the san gabriel mountains in june 2014. My first time on a hike and my friend took my thru the mountains that had no real trail, but it was a trail fr the fire fighters that thy made when thyd do hikes, n i swear i heard a mans voice ill nvr frgt it, i felt like i was being watched. I just wanted to gt out of there. A sense of fear came over me of not wanting to go up further i just wanted to leave. My friend also told me when thyd go on their hikes they actually found a body of a dead woman.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy  |  

        Isolated stretches of road like Brea Canyon are favorite places to dump the bodies of murder victims. (Too far from the desert.) Ortega Highway between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore is probably the main illegal dump site in the county — from hazmat to murder victims.

    • Yup! My husband drove by the trash bin several times as well and never thought to stop. He was freaked out when he found out there was a body in there.

  3. I was driving through Brea Canyon Road and a pair of red eyes flashed very quickly at me but I was driving so fast I will never know what it was!

  4. It’s not haunted, at least to the driver passing through. It’s a fairly short road from Diamond Bar to Brea (or vice versa). Sure it’s dark at night and it has some curves, but I have driven Brea Canyon Road for over twenty years in all sorts of light and weather. I’ve driven past about a dozen car accidents (into the hills, off the ravines, into other cars, etc.). I’ve had a police officer stop me right as I got to Canyon Country Road into Brea, telling me I had to turn around because there was a man with a gun in the area. I drove by the trash can with the body in it numerous times that week. My barber at the time (Felix) was found shot in the back of his head in his Jeep on this road. With all of these experiences I know of and have driven through, I have not once seen anything paranormal on Brea Canyon Road; trust me, I have driven it A LOT. Now Carbon Canyon Road, that is a different story for a different time.

  5. Headless Unicorn Guy  |  

    From 1976 to 1980, I drove Brea Canyon around once a week, heading to Saturday Night D&D games at Cal State Fullerton. Heaviest time was 1977-78 when I lived in the dorms at Cal Poly Pomona on the other end of the canyon.

    The only weirdness I experienced was that my Mustang’s fan belt would start squeaking as I drove through. This happened only in Brea Canyon. My dorm roomie also had his VW break down a couple times in the canyon. The strangeness was that both of these only happened in the canyon.

  6. This happened today Aug 31, 2017
    I was driving to work taking the usual way to get there by going north on brea Canyon. As I passed the entry to get on the 57 south I noticed something outside on the side walking. I saw what I think still not sure was a ghost covered in bed sheets that were messy or a woman with a large night gown. That place has to be haunted. It was always cold in the morning and at night.

  7. Thus happened about 2 hours ago, and I found this page looking for explanations or like experiences. Driving north on the 57 in slow lane just past the tonner canyon exit (dark, clear weather, about 50mph, another car about 4 lengths behind) a humanoid figure rushed toward the a-pillar of my car. I could make out an arm outstretched over the passenger side of the car. I seriously thought I was about to hit a person. My 11-year old in front passenger seat just about jumps in my lap. I swerve within my lane. Something taps the side of the car near the mirror. Then gone. He saw it. I saw it. No reacti on from cars behind us.

  8. Mark…9-27-2017 I was driving from Diamond Bar to Brea via Brea Canyon Rd. I have lived in Diamond Bar and have probably driven Brea Canyon Rd. over 100 times or more in my 27 years living in Diamond Bar. It’s a short cut to the Brea Mall and the city of Brea. Tonight around 9:45 I was driving the canyon with my radio on and just relaxing paying close attention the windy road..the road was empty as I was driving I immediately noticed to my right a person (or at least it looked like a person) slowly walking towards embankment I was so amazed and told myself “what the hell?” the figure was looking down towards the ground , it was wearing what looked to be green long pants and the hair was very long covering the whole face. Strange part about it was the person or whatever was walking very slow. I wasn’t able to keep my eye on it as I had to focus on the next curve coming up. It gave me chills. I thought for a few minutes , who would be walking on a dangerous curvy road which is extremely dark at 9:45 at night? I heard stories about the canyon being haunted over the years but never believed them. In my 27 years of driving the canyon at night, during the day, morning, rain, sunny weather..etc.. I have never seen anything strange until tonight. I heard stories about apparitions of people on horses in the canyon at night, again never believed those stories and shrugged it off as rumors but tonight was too real, I don’t know what I saw but it was for sure something strange that I never in my life have encountered.

  9. My friends were exploring the abandoned factory off of Brea Canyon Road. We started exploring the ground and nothing weird was happening until one of us felt drawn to the little hut next to the factory (that’s still working). While standing there, my super skeptic friend came up behind me and looked around with his flashlight. Then out of now where fell into me and started to stumble. We sat him down and asked what happened. He said “I felt like something walked right through me and now I feel like one throwing to throw up and dizzy.” After some time of him trying to get over feeling sick we kept walking. After passing through the running factory I looked up and saw a face looking through a window! I looked away yellled F*** and looked back but it was gone. That got me good! My friend’s energetic personality changed completely after he had the experience in the hut. He was drained all night and his body felt numb . He also had a hard time leaving the grounds because he would stand there at just stare at the hut. Weird night for sure.

  10. Back in the early 1960s we used to drive Brea Canyon Road to where the oil wells are located. There, thousands of tarantulas covered the road. It didn’t seem creepy at the time. We captured in jars and brought them home to keep as pets. The road is today the same as it was a half century ago. Until the 57 freeway was installed, it was the only passage through the area for centuries dating back to the early Spanish explorers and ranch owners.

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