* This is not a evening hike, We will hit the trail at 7:00 AM *
~ THE WET 'N' WILD BRIDGE TO NOWHERE ADVENTURE HIKE ~
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In the mid 1930's a road was under construction to link the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to the Angeles Crest Highway near present day Wrightwood. It was to traverse the East Fork through the deepest gorge in Southern California known as "The Narrows". A number of bridges were built as the road snaked its way into the canyon. In 1938, a significant rainstorm occurred which washed out the road and damaged some of the bridges. This same rainstorm wreaked havoc in Los Angeles as well and precipitated the cement lining of the LA River as we see it today. The damage was too great to consider rebuilding the roadway. Only one bridge of this washed out roadway still stands and, quite remarkably, it remains in pristine condition some 5 hiking miles up the East Fork. Since it existed on a private property easement (an early mining claim), no attempt was ever made to remove it. All other bridges have been long since disappeared which gives this remaining remote relic an eerie yet historic insight into the past.
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Note: This hike is suitable for Advanced Beginner & Intermediat hikers, It has many stream crossings in cold water, Rock Scrambling, and Boulder hopping. Please reconsider signing up if you are uncomfortable hiking on uneven terrain without trails. Inexperienced hikers will find this hike very difficult. Know your limits and select hikes at your ability level or below.
We will regroup at trail junctures and creek crossings to allow for others to catch up. (No hiker will be left behind)
Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow for parking and intro's, We will start promptly at designated time.
Meet time: 6:45 AM @ Trail Head
Hike time: 7:00 AM
Distance: Approx. 11 miles
Elev. Gain: Approx. 1000 ft.
Duration: Approx. 5-7 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Semi-Strenuous
Creek x-ings: Approx. 6-8
Trail type: Single Track - Out and back
Pace: Moderate[masked] mph
What to bring: Adventure Pass, At least two liters of water, Comfortable shoes (you can expect to get them wet), lunch plus some energy bars and swimwear if you plan on jumping into pools. Trekking poles, if you have them, help with balance for the many stream crossings. Bring some extra dry clothing and footwear to change into once you get back to the car. "Don't forget your Good Attitude be Ready for an Adventure!"
The trail head: Drivers will need an adventure pass for parking at the trail head which can be picked up at sporting good stores like Big 5, REI, and Sport Chalet for $5.00.
Restrooms: (pit toilets) are available at the trail head but not along the route.
The trail head has limited parking so I strongly suggest carpooling when possible. Please arrive 15 min. early in case the parking lot is full and you need to park further down the road.
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For those in O.C. interested in carpooling we will meet at the Orange PnR at 5:45AM to arrange carpools and depart at 6:00 AM SHARP to carpool to the trail head. The Orange Park & Ride is located at E. Lincoln Ave & N. Tustin st. across from Von's shopping plaza in Orange, CA.
Driving Directions to the Orange Park & Ride:
Traveling NORTH: on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take another left onto Tustin Ave. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street
Traveling SOUTH: on the 55, exit Lincoln and turn 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.
Driving Directions to Trail Head:
From 605 northbound go east on the 210 for 3 miles and exit Azusa Blvd.
From 57 northbound go west on the 210 for 5 miles and exit Azusa Blvd.
Go north on Azusa (Hwy 39) 12 miles and turn right on East Fork Road. Cross the bridge and continue on eastbound another 5 miles until you reach an abrupt Left u-turn in the road. Go straight at this point and, as it veers north, continue on another mile until you reach the trail head parking area at dead end. It’s hard to miss.
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/s0XCG
This organizer is not a professional Hiker. She/He may not be equipped or trained to save lives or help with ailments and is under no obligation to assist in the event of a medical emergency. Please know your limits!
Disclaimer: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any and all group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.