I'm trying to keep the camera above a plane which acts as the ground, so I wrote this bit of code:

RaycastHit hit;
if (!Physics.Raycast (transform.position, new Vector3 (0, -50, 0), out hit, 5)) {
    transform.position = new Vector3 (0, 20, 0);
    Debug.Log ("No ground found when raycasting down!");
    Debug.DrawRay (transform.position, new Vector3 (0, -50, 0), Color.red, 0, true);
} else {
    if (hit.distance <= 1) {
        transform.position = new Vector3 (transform.position.x, 1, transform.position.z);

The camera is clearly over the plane on position 0, 20, 0 while the plane is at 1, 1, 1, with scale 50, 1, 50, but it never detects a hit. The ray drawn by DrawRay() does intersect the plane.

The plane is oriented upwards, but just to be sure I tried raycasting from below as well, without success.

I have also tried replacing the mesh collider with a box collider using size 10, 1, 10 (I'm not sure why, this seems to be the same size as my scaled plane) and 10, 10, 10. Neither worked.

What Am I missing?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are your colliders set as triggers? \$\endgroup\$
    – hobnob
    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @hobnob I have tried both with and without setting them as triggers \$\endgroup\$
    – Annonymus
    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the ray hitting any other objects? Have you tried RaycastAll instead? \$\endgroup\$
    – jgallant
    Jul 25, 2016 at 9:57

1 Answer 1


I found the problem while modifying my code to try out Jon's sugestions. Somehow I added a max distance of 5 to the RayCast. Must have gotten confused with the many overloads or something.

It works if I modify the second line like this:

if (!Physics.Raycast (transform.position, new Vector3 (0, -50, 0), out hit/*, 5*/)) {

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