EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious Devil's Slide shack perched precariously on a California cliffside is DESTROYED by a series of storms

  • The ramshackle three-story structure on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil's Slide has collapsed after being destroyed by a series of storms, exclusive DailyMail.com footage shows 
  • Photos show the wreckage of the driftwood home near Pacifica, California, with the roof ripped open and blue tarpaulin exposed 
  • The shanty house was thought to be home to a hermit and had previously included an enclosed room and a deck topped with chairs
  • Did you build the shack or do you know who did? What was its purpose? Email us at [email protected] 

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The Californian cliffside shack that went viral last week after footage of it was posted on X has collapsed, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show the wreckage of the three-story driftwood home that occupied a perilous position on the side of a steep cliff near Pacifica, California, until it was destroyed by a series of storms that hit the Golden State.

The shanty house, which was thought to be home to a hermit, had previously included an enclosed room and a primitive deck topped with chairs, several buoys and even a punchbag.

Now, the room is ripped open – exposing the blue tarpaulin it was created from, while the remains of the collapsed deck straggle down towards the Pacific. The fate of the person who painstakingly built it is unknown.

BEFORE: The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil's Slide by a drone in December 2022
The new DailyMail.com footage, which was taken over the weekend, proves that the shack was indeed destroyed and there is no sign of anyone still living there
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BEFORE AND AFTER: The ramshackle three-story structure on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil's Slide has collapsed after being destroyed by a series of storms, exclusive DailyMail.com footage shows

The new DailyMail.com footage, which was taken over the weekend, proves that the shack was indeed destroyed and there is no sign of anyone still living there

The new DailyMail.com footage, which was taken over the weekend, proves that the shack was indeed destroyed and there is no sign of anyone still living there 

Photos show the wreckage of the driftwood home near Pacifica, California, with the roof ripped open and blue tarpaulin exposed

Photos show the wreckage of the driftwood home near Pacifica, California, with the roof ripped open and blue tarpaulin exposed

The upper floor has totally caved in while the wooden walls have fallen flat and are in danger of sliding down into the water below.

While a rope could still be seen leading up to the clifftop, the house appeared deserted when DailyMail.com visited – with no sign of the loner who had been said to be living there.

Getting to the clifftop above the house involves 1.5-mile hike along rough trails – with the closest road access on the Pacific Coast Highway near the entrance to the Devil's Slide Trail.

Last week, Simon Casillas, the president of the Pacifica Land Trust, told the San Francisco Chronicle that authorities were aware someone had been living at the home but he had no idea that it had collapsed.

He said: 'We were aware there was something down there, but we didn't know whose it was or whose property it was on.

'It's in a dangerous location that is really not accessible.'

Casillas added: 'We weren't bothering a person who wants to be a hermit. We know someone's been there but we just don't know who it is. 

'The dude should just be left alone.'

The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil's Slide, near Pacifica by a drone in December 2022

The ramshackle three-story structure was first spotted on a treacherous cliff edge at Devil's Slide, near Pacifica by a drone in December 2022

The upper floor has caved in while the wooden walls have fallen flat and are in danger of sliding down into the water below

The upper floor has caved in while the wooden walls have fallen flat and are in danger of sliding down into the water below

Getting to the clifftop above the house involves 1.5-mile hike along rough trails – with the closest road access on the Pacific Coast Highway near the entrance to the Devil's Slide Trail

Getting to the clifftop above the house involves 1.5-mile hike along rough trails – with the closest road access on the Pacific Coast Highway near the entrance to the Devil's Slide Trail

The shanty house had previously included an enclosed room and a primitive deck topped with chairs, several buoys and even a punchbag

The shanty house had previously included an enclosed room and a primitive deck topped with chairs, several buoys and even a punchbag

The whereabouts of the hermit - if indeed he lived in the ramshackle property - is unknown. DailyMail.com was unable to find any record of a call to emergency services from the area in January when it is most likely to havee collapsed due to winter storms.

The viral video showing an intact home was shot in December 2022 – a month before a series of storms battered the Golden State.

On YouTube, users had already noted the December 2022 date of the video and wondered if it had survived, with one named Dan Sullivan, writing: 'This shack has been there for many years, but it was almost completely destroyed during last year's winter/rains.

'This video was either taken before last winter, or the shack has been rebuilt over the past couple of months.'

The poster who uploaded the viral footage, @ParallaxEffect, replied: 'First of all, there was no sign of someone being present from any of the footage.

'Second, the wind and waves in the winter would obliterate this. It may already be gone, the images I shot are almost a year old.

'Third, the resources needed to get all that material to that place, albeit driftwood and ocean debris, are not superficial, nor would the skill and effort required to build the structure.

'I concluded, and still do unless shown otherwise, this was done as a project by someone, or a group, during the pandemic.'

The new DailyMail.com footage, which was taken over the weekend, proves that the shack was indeed destroyed and there is no sign of anyone still living there.

EXCLUSIVE: Mysterious Devil's Slide shack perched precariously on a California cliffside is DESTROYED by a series of storms

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