Sunken City

San Pedro, California 90733

Sunken City

Sunken City Professional Review and Guide

"Sunken City sits on six acres of slipping, eroding, and sinking land adjacent to Point Fermin Park. The “city,” at the southernmost point in Los Angeles County, was once a neighborhood of exclusive homes. Waves undercut the base of the sandstone and shale cliffs, which began slumping and sliding in 1929 and again in the early 1940s. It is now a jumble of rolling land with palm trees, isolated slabs of the old road, tilting sidewalks, streetcar tracks, and remnants of house foundations, and chimneys above the surf-swept rocky seashore. Several meandering paths weave through the bluffs. Exploring this surreal landscape is like entering the “twilight zone.” The Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge follows a half-mile stretch of the coastline below. A few trails drop down the dramatic cliffs to the rocky shoreline and tidal pools."

Sunken City Reviews

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First off, it's actually prohibited to jump the fence and visit the Sunken City area, though many people ignore that and go in anyway. It's dangerous as well (there was a big rockslide back in December '17) and I've heard a lot of people have died on the cliffs. It's still a cool place with some urban ruins of some beachside homes. There's also amazing ocean views. Sadly there's a lot of trash and graffiti.

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Trail Information

San Pedro
Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Point Fermin Park
Local Contacts
USGS San Pedro
Local Maps