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The Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere is above the city of Azusa.

This trail involves water. 


The trail is about 10 miles 'round trip; so it won't be a bridge too far. Allow for about 6-8 hours to complete (depending on how long you want to swim).

You will get your feet wet... literally.

There are about 8 river crossings we will have to make.

The crossings I choose are about knee deep.

Having wet feet is better than "wet behind the ears".

That would mean someone most likely fell in.

Bring a camera, there is a lot to see !!!!!

Be sure to bring plenty of water, at least 4 quarts, more if you like, and something to eat.

It is not advisable to drink from the river.

Wear good trail shoes or boots that you would not mind getting wet. Also, bring a hat... to wear, not to eat.  Eating one's own hat; or anyone else's for that matter is considered bad form.

Once we reach the bridge, we will stop for a break and photos before our return.

If you decide to go for a swim, other than off the deep end, your clothes will be mostly dry by the time we get back to the car park.



From hwy 210 east: exit Azusa Ave (hwy 39) and turn north towards the mountains.

From 210 west: exit Azusa Ave (hwy 39) and you will be on 1st St. The turns are short: Turn left; then turn right at the light.


210 west: exit Azusa and you will be on 1st St.  Continue straight on Alameda Ave.

Turn left at the first stop sign, which is 2nd St.

You are now heading west on 2nd St. Turn right at the first stop sign, which is Azusa, and continue straight into the mountains...

Follow Azusa (hwy 39) for about 2 miles. It turns into San Gabriel Canyon at Sierra Madre, which is the last light before the beginning of the mountain road.

Continue on San Gabriel for about 9 miles until you come to East Fork Road; it is a bridge on your right with a well marked street sign.

Turn right on East Fork Road and follow it for about 5 1/2 miles where you will come to a sharp right U-turn in the road.

Do not completely follow the U-turn. You will need to continue straight, but the stop is a one way street for about 20 feet. Go around the divided hwy. The street turns into Bonita Camp.

Follow it for 1/2 mile. Up ahead the road will curve left, drive over the white bridge and continue to the end of the road where it ends at East Fork Car Park.


We will meet at the gate, at the top of the lot, at 8:45 am & start at 9:00am on the snout (unless I get out of work late.  Then we will start a bit later.).   



A wilderness day or annual parking pass is required to park in the national forest area and parking lots.

The lot is small. If you cannot find parking, there is plenty of parking along the side of the road. However, there are some "no parking" signs posted in some areas along the road.


Do NOT bring your dogs, cats, canaries, drama, +1’s or other pets.



No +1's or extra guests. If you want to bring a friend, local or long distance, just have them join the club.

This is an "at your own risk" event on lands accessible to the general public.

By joining this event:  YOU are responsible for your conduct and safety and agree to free the event organizer, Mt. San Jacinto Hiking Club, any other agents and organizers associated with the club and this website from any and all liability.


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  • diane d.

    Thank u Rob ..such an awesome guide...hope to c everyone again on the trail

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • diane d.

    Thank u Rob ..such an awesome guide...hope to c everyone again on the trail

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Kenneth

    The remedy for poison oak I told you about on the hike is Zanfel and it is available both at Walgreen and on-line at Amazon. It's expensive at about $40 per tube but works far better for me than the many other poison oak remedies I've tried. I've purchased it in the past from the shelf at Thrifty Drugs but don't currently see it listed on their web site (now Rite Aid drug store) so perhaps they don't carry it any longer.

    June 14, 2013

  • Kenneth

    Nice meeting everyone on the hike yesterday. I'm listed as attending on the Southern California Adventure Hikers meetup group posting. I've now posted photos into 2 different meetup group albums.

    June 14, 2013

  • marsha

    thanks Rob, I had a really fun time....thanks all!!!

    June 13, 2013


    I had a great time,especialy the dip in the River.It was nice meeting you all ... looking forward to hiking with you again.Nice group! Thanks Robert.

    June 13, 2013

  • jo ellen l.

    Sorry. Have to cancel.

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work this week after all.

    June 10, 2013

  • diane d.

    Are pets welcome

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the difficulty level?

    June 4, 2013

  • Barb

    Anyone want to carpool from San Diego?

    June 3, 2013

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