Like most travelers, I have been stricken with Wanderlust since childhood, growing up on movies like the Indiana Jones series and mysterious TV Shows like the X-Files did nothing but peak my interest in the unknown.
That's why I compiled this quick list for you, fellow tramps, to seek out and discover some the lesser known sights in California. You'd be surprised what is waiting out there to be discovered!
4. Donner Pass Summit Tunnel
The Donner Pass Summit Tunnel / Hike is breath taking, literally. You'll be out of breath frequently. It's also stuffed full of juicy history. The best part about this particular underground haven, is the scenery, your deep in the mountains, adjacent to the lake, surrounded by nature. Most people suggest you bring a buddy to make things less creepy!
A bit of history, the 1700 foot tunnel was the first railroad line to traverse the Sierra Nevada area. Like most tunnels in California it was built by Chinese workers over a year and a half of labor.
5. Burro Schmidt Tunnel
Let me start by saying that this tunnel might be covered in red tape. It's currently being disputed for ownership between an old mining family and the U.S Government. Because of that, I'd proceed with caution if you decide to venture this way. If you do, expect to be hot, just like most other parts of Califorina, this one is dry.
If you do decide to discover what lies within these lands, look out for ghosts! (kidding, maybe)
Here's a bonus location! Here's a exerpt from an article written in 1934 from the L.A. Times about an 5000 year old underground city below L.A. inhabited by lizard people. Seriously.
"Busy Los Angeles, although little realizing it in the hustle and bustle of modern existence, stands above a lost city of catacombs filled with incalculable treasure and imperishable records of a race of humans further advanced intellectually than the highest type of present day peoples, in the belief of G. Warren Shufelt, geophysicist mining engineer now engaged in an attempt to wrest from the lost city deep in the earth below Fort Moore Hill the secrets of the Lizard People of legendary fame in the medicine lodges of the American Indian.
So firmly does Shufelt and a little staff of assistants believe that a maze of catacombs and priceless golden tablets are to be found beneath downtown Los Angeles that the engineer and his aids have already driven a shaft 250 feet into the ground, the mouth of the shaft being on the old Banning property on North Hill street, overlooking Sunset Boulevard, Spring street and North Broadway.
And so convinced is the engineer of the infallibility of a radio x-ray perfected by him for detecting the presence of minerals and tunnels below the surface of the ground, an apparatus with which he says he has traced a pattern of catacombs and vaults forming the lost city, that he plans to continue sending his shaft downward until he has reached a depth of 1000 feet before discontinuing operations."