3. Devils Gate Reservoir – Pasadena
The story of Devils Gate got it’s name from an odd rock formation said to resemble the devil. Native Americans thought the area near Devil’s Gate to be haunted and they forbade their people from frequenting the spot. The modern tales of paranormal activity at Devils Gate begins in the 1940s with a man named Jack Parsons. Jack Parsons was resident of Pasadena, co founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and to some, the founder of the American Space Program. He was also an occultist. Parsons was the leader of Aleister Crowley’s Ordo Templi Orientis society Los Angeles. Parsons was at the center of Southern California occult bohemia in the 1940s, and preformed rituals he said would create an anti-Messiah that would overthrow Judeo-Christian civilization. These rituals were preformed near the Devils Gate, which Crowley himself called one of the seven portals to hell. The stories say that these rituals did indeed open a portal to another dimension that’s since been a point of entry for all sorts of strange entities.
Over the years, several children have disappeared without a trace from the area. Several hikers and adventures have had encounters with spirits believed to be those of the missing children. The Los Angeles Ghost Patrol even did an investigation of the area that can be seen here.