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Summer Water Fun Hike: Bridge to Nowhere (Level 2+ / Moderate-Fast Pace)

  • Jun 30, 2013 · 7:15 AM
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Join Carmen/Mike/Marlin for a Summer Water Fun Hike "Bridge to Nowhere"!

CHECK DRIVING DIRECTION AT THE END OF THE POST, ADDRESS IS AN ESTIMATE LOCATION!

What to bring : extra socks and clothes if you like to change after the hike. We will get wet dozen of times, and won't stop to change socks, so wear shoes you don't mind to get wet. Sturdy hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes are recommended else your feet may get injury. Swim suits if you like to swim. Bring a light lunch, plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat.  Ten Hiking Essentials: link
THIS HIKE IS GREAT FOR FIT INTERMEDIATE HIKERS-If you are occasional hikers or adv. beginners, make sure you keep the group paces. The hike is rated level 2+/3, Click on RATING TABLE for more about difficulty hiking levels

Adventure Pass : Required at the trailhead, THE PASS CAN PURCHASE ONLINE OR ANY SPORT STORE NEAR YOU ($5/DAY OR $30/YEAR)

Highlights : San Gabriel River - East Fork
Scenery: Lovely stream, cascades, shear granite walls, mysterious Bridge to Nowhere
Near: Azusa, CA
Distance: 9.7 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Duration: 4-6 hours hiking time
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: mostly on a trail, gradually gain, insignificant for elevation, but a few difficult spots and crossing the river (water will be low, highest about knee to thigh level)
Hike Type: Out and Back

Departure time : Early start as limited parking at the trailhead, avoiding the summer heat and the crowd of Bungee Jumpers. This bridge is famous for that dangerous activity!

1. Carpool is highly recommended, we'll leave Orange Park and Ride 6 AM driving to the trailhead.

2. 6:30 AM at Ranger Station-San Gabriel Canyon: 1990 North San Gabriel Canyon Road Azusa, California 91702

3. 7-7:15 AM (at the trailhead). Hiking time at 7:30 AM.

Photos from last time events :

1. July, 2012 : photos link

2. June, 2012: photos link

3. July, 2011:

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***More photos

3. August, 2010

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***More photos

About the trail : This trip takes you along the banks of the east fork of the San Gabriel River. While the river banks are wooded and quite lovely, most of the trail traverses the rim above the high water line and most of your travel is through scrub brush. The highlight of the hike is a mysterious bridge built over the east fork in 1936, which has no road leading to it. Actually, in the 1930's a road did lead to it, but was swept away by floods in 1938. There are some small trails that lead down to the stream just after you cross the bridge. This is a stunning setting with shear pink tinted granite walls, roaring cascades, and the lovely bridge in the background. Route finding was a bit challenging with many day use trails mixed in with the main trail, washed out sections of trail, and over a half dozen stream crossings (bring waterproof boots even when the water is low) I had hiking sandles for the past trips and it was lovely refresh everytime crossing the river.

DIRECTION : From Interstate 10 or the 210 freeway, exit on Azusa and head north 10 miles or so, paralleling the San Gabriel Dam on your right. Turn right on East Fork Road and continue 8 more miles to the East Fork Station, where the road dead ends. Note that if you go around a hairpin 180 degree turn on East Fork Road, you missed the road into the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. The trail head is short distance down an obvious service road.

Trailhead address: Camp Bonita Road, Angeles National Forest, Azusa, CA 91702
Trailhead coordinates:[masked], [masked]

More info for Orange Park and Ride : meet and leave at 6 AM Orange Park and Ride: link

***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street

REMINDER : ***By joining the meetup, you agree to Meetup Terms of Service releases the Organizer and Assistant Organizers from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings***

> YOU acknowledge THAT WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONALS.

> YOU ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY

Hiking is a rewarding and pleasant activity in nature, but there are certain dangers you should be aware of. Those include, but are not limited to, trip and fall injuries, bee stings, poison oak exposure, ticks, snake bites, coyotes, mountain lions or wildlife. By signing up for this event, you agree to hold harmless the hike organizer, assistant organizers and other participants for any injuries sustained during this hike***

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  • Michelle

    It was an amazing hike! Thank you all.

    July 1, 2013

  • Carmen 😊

    Excellent Hike, Thanks Marlin, yes, thanks to you and Mike I crossed the scary part!.... It was hot, but the water and the shade side make it fun and enjoyable.

    July 1, 2013

  • Marlin

    Thank you all. I enjoyed this hike very much. OK, except for that one scary part going down by the bridge. Great hike with great people!

    2 · June 30, 2013

    • Lily

      Marlin, how many no show do we have?

      July 1, 2013

    • Marlin

      I think we had about 14 total....alot of new faces and names for me, so I'm not sure. It was a nice quick hike.

      July 1, 2013

  • Anna

    Great hike today! James and Melia were troopers!! :)

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • Gina

    Thank you Marlin & Mike!!

    June 30, 2013

  • Cesar D

    Marlin and Mike thank you so much! It was really a very nice trek. Hope to see you again....

    June 30, 2013

  • Anna

    We just left the ranger station and heading to the trail head. :)

    June 30, 2013

    • Willie G.

      Man I'm missing out...;(

      June 30, 2013

  • Bob R.

    I love this hike, but it is just too hot this weekend. I hope this hike will be scheduled again soon.

    June 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    Are there still people meeting at 6am at the orange park & ride?

    June 29, 2013

  • Randi

    Changing RSVP, too much heat for me!

    June 29, 2013

  • Willie G.

    Sorry guys I'm going to have to pass on these wonderful experience...maybe next time...

    June 28, 2013

    • Willie G.

      Sorry i meant to say 'This wonderful".....Anna­ I'll be happy for some pics of the hike...

      1 · June 29, 2013

    • Anna

      Of course! :)

      June 29, 2013

  • Cesar D

    Lily, If anybody likes to carpool you can give my phone number to them, I leave near Cal. State U. Fullerton near Freeway 57. They could park beside our house.

    June 28, 2013

    • Cesar D

      Hi Elizabeth! I e-mail you already my phone #, give me a call and I will give you my address.

      June 29, 2013

  • Linda D.

    Been watching weather info about the excessive heat - do you think we'll be okay?

    June 29, 2013

  • Mike

    Too hot.

    June 25, 2013

    • Mike

      Been there a few weeks ago. It was really bad with a SLOW group. Took over 7 hours. It is worth going if you have not gone. Water level was low when I went.

      1 · June 27, 2013

    • Carmen 😊

      Thanks MH!

      June 28, 2013

  • Gina D.

    Sorry I have to change my RSVP. Hopefully next time. Have fun.

    June 28, 2013

  • Patrick

    Have to pass on this, look forward to future hikes with this great group. Have a great day, this hike is great fun.

    June 28, 2013

  • Randi

    I'll be at the Park & Ride 6am, if anyone would like to carpool.

    June 28, 2013

  • Ciprian

    Hi,
    Sorry, I am going to cancel for tomorrow.

    June 28, 2013

  • Cesar D

    I'm in thanks lily!

    June 28, 2013

  • Randi

    Address for Orange Park & Ride:
    194 N Atchison Street or the one at 2555 Tustin Ave
    If you would confirm, thanks!

    June 28, 2013

    • Lily

      The one in Tustin Ave: ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** I don't see anyone indicated to meet at the Park and Ride, so please make sure else you won't see anyone in the morning then!

      June 28, 2013

  • Michelle

    Thank you that despite my late reply I can join the hike!
    I assume the Orange Park & Ride is for carpooling? If so, I will be there at 6am.
    See you on sunday!

    June 28, 2013

  • Lily

    Marlin, Mike and Carmen, please make a call for the folks on the waiting list or we'll remove them out. They haven't replied to the question, so we don't know if they ever hiked with our group yet. The hike is not that difficult, but it requires at least level 2 (moderate) or faster, so it's up to you to decide. Have a fun time and refresh with water...

    June 28, 2013

  • Mike

    Bring water shoes or trail shoes. Help a lot on the rocks and logs you will have to walk on.

    June 27, 2013

  • Willie G.

    Are we going to meet somewhere before you take off..

    June 27, 2013

  • Roman B.

    Melia and I are in just for the hike

    June 26, 2013

  • Marlin

    Lily or Carmen, I don't think location on the map above is accurate. Can you double check it to be sure? Thank You!

    June 25, 2013

    • Lily

      Marlin, I updated the map and the link on the post. If you like to google it, the intersection should be East Fork and Camp Bonita Rd. The parking is at the deadend of Camp Bonita Road

      June 25, 2013

    • Marlin

      Thanks Lily. I wish you were joining us. :)

      June 25, 2013

  • Lily

    Wendy apologized for postponing the bungee jump this time to those who were signed up and indicated to join her. The hike is still on with the help of Mike and Marlin besides Carmen. Hope you all have a great fun hike!

    June 25, 2013

  • Anna

    Need to postpone jumping but will hike. :)

    June 25, 2013

  • Mike S.

    I have only done this trail once with the group, 2 years ago. I am not going to jump, I can hang out with the group at the river where we can swim, have lunch and watch the jumpers. If jumping is taking to long i can lead some of the group out early, I need to be home by 6pm.

    1 · June 24, 2013

    • Lily

      Thank you Mike. We now also have Marlin. Great! Wendy and Carmen, you both will have fun while the Solos will keep an eye on the hikers. I just remember now that both Mike and Marlin were with us 2 years ago? yes, I bet they will also jump to the pool :-)

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Lily

    Barry S and Patrick, are you sure not to drop out by closer to the day? If you are not sure, let's wait until then to have you in the list, saving you time to change RSVP. Unless you will join the ladies to bungee jump, then let them know. Thanks

    June 19, 2013

    • Barry S

      Thanks Lily, please keep me on the waiting list for now.

      June 21, 2013

  • Willie G.

    I just want to hike and take pictures....

    June 18, 2013

  • Lily

    Miss Linda D., will you join the "organizers" team to keep an eye on the group while the other two ladies are busy jumping or you'll join jumping too? Let us know. Thanks

    Carmen and Wendy, I'll ask for an organizer to join your hike. I'll update you soon. Have you have any notes for bungee jump group discount booking yet?

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yup I need to have 12 people all booked under one reservation. We need to find out whether any of the hikers are jumping ASAP! =)

      June 18, 2013

    • Lily

      hummm...4 ladies jumpers...too far for the group discount number :-(

      June 18, 2013

  • Lily

    Carmen and Wendy, unless you have met and hiked the hikers, please let me help you to add members in the RSVP list. I apologize to those who got moved back to the waiting list. You haven't attended any hikes and have been inactive for over a year. Please attend at least a local hike with one of the organizers before joining this event. The event has a 10 miles hiking, so we like to make sure the organizers don't have to struggle with members that they don't know and hiking levels won't fit the group pace. Since not many of you left notes for bungee jump, we assume you will join to hike only. If you plan to bungee jump only and don't plan to hike in the same level with the group, you don't have to RSVP here. Thanks for your understanding!

    June 14, 2013

  • Anna

    Thanks Wendy for organizing this! I'm going to jump!

    1 · June 14, 2013

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