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Los Baños Magnetic Hill – truth or simply an optical illusion

Los Baños Magnetic Hill – truth or simply an optical illusion

This is the Magnetic Hill of Los Baños Laguna. Located somewhere along the way to UPLB from Manila particularly in the areas of Mount Makiling.

How do you see those pictures above? Is it the road going down or going up?

As you can see it, the road seems going down.

The story goes like this, when you are in this particular area your car is going to be pulled-back or rolled up-hill due to a certain “magnetic effect.” That’s why they call it magnetic hill. It pulls your car back instead of accelerating down the road.

Just to prove it ourselves we tried it.

At the same location we turned our car engine off and put the gear on neutral mode.  Guess what was happened?  Our car moves backward. Amazing! But see the following pictures and you decide for yourself.

I don’t think water is going to be affected by an alleged magnetic effect.

This water is in fact the water reserved to cool the the engine of the car we used.

An ordinary tap water.

The water goes on the opposite direction where we expected it to go.

This angle is on the opposite direction of those pictures above.

Now can you tell me, if it’s really a magnetic effect that pulls the car back?
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14 thoughts on “Los Baños Magnetic Hill – truth or simply an optical illusion

  1. galing!

    Posted by soki tuazon | March 10, 2011, 5:34 am
  2. I’ve seen same kind of a place in Richmond Sydney.
    It was funny feeling when you walked up hill it feeled
    like going down and opposites.

    Posted by Mäkki | April 11, 2011, 5:57 am
  3. In my own opinion, there is a wormhole in there.
    How can you explain the plants being pulled to one direction?
    There’s gotta be more of it than just an optical illusion.
    My first hypothesis of it is a Cosmic Phenomenon.

    Posted by Abel Melquiades Lastimosa Callejo | April 8, 2012, 3:00 am
  4. there’s no cosmic phenomenon, no optical illusion, the truth is the road is going up. it seems like the road is going down but further observation and experimentation, you will realize that the road is going up. stand in the middle of the way and take a shot on all sides, you will then find out the truth of the matter.

    Posted by george coleman | September 20, 2013, 2:59 am
  5. if U are in a place where in U cannot see the horizon such as mountains, you cannot differentiate if the road is uphill or downhill, actually this is down hill but ur eyes perceive it as uphill,,this is clearly an optical illusion

    Posted by toots | March 6, 2015, 2:51 am
  6. Have you try to see the compass if there is any disturbances? I think what happens is that the terrain makes the road look like it is going up hill, which infact, it is really going down at a slight angle.

    Posted by jkbaticados | March 12, 2015, 3:09 am
    • You can use a carpenter’s level to settle all these arguments. If the bubble is at one end, say point A, and the opposite point is point B, point A is higher than point B. As to the event that happens in Magnetic Hill, the higher point is point A, so how come water drips from B to A? However, water is not metallic, so it is erratic to say that a magnetic field is causing this, or maybe perhaps, our lack of understanding prevents us from explaining this amazing natural phenomenon. I’ve been there and witnessed the whole thing. It is not a simple optical illusion or what, I suggest that you go there and see for yourself. For sure, you will be amazed by this nature’s phenomenon.
      Let us give chance to Nature to explain herself in due time. I am sure, I will be surprised as you as well.

      Posted by anime | March 12, 2016, 5:09 pm
  7. We were intrigued by this and went to investigate to prove it. We used an inclinometer to check for road grade if it is really going uphill or downhill. As it turned out, it was all an optical illusion owing to the vegetations on the sides of the road. The road is actually going down and not up. But our eyes will fool us when we compare the road to the tall grass and dirt on the side of the road making it look like going uphill. You try and check it out for yourself to see if it really is a “magnetic hill” or not.

    Posted by virgil | April 15, 2017, 3:34 am
  8. It’s just optical illusion…what seemed going up seen by our eyes is actually going down…Go there when raining and you will see water flowing uphill which is actually downhill…Also proven by topographic survey done by engineering students…

    Posted by Paterno Borlagdan | October 28, 2017, 11:13 am
  9. I passed by this hill for more almost 10 years on the way to work. It’s an optical illusion. I also saw one similar to this in Korea particularly in Jeju called Mysterious Road. We stopped there and turned off the engines only for the car to seemingly move upward. Again, it was just an optical illusion. Road looked going up but in fact was going down.

    Posted by Lance A. | April 3, 2018, 4:01 pm
  10. It is an optical illusion. No magnetic field effect.

    Posted by Maria | October 27, 2018, 6:27 am


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