THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE and optional BUNGEE JUMPING
This hike is cross posted on JAM - if you are a member of both Meetups, please RSVP on only one.
The "Bridge to Nowhere" is one of my favorite hikes. I began making an annual trek to the bridge in the Fall of 2005.The hike takes you along the banks of the east fork of the San Gabriel River. The river banks are wooded and there are several crossings - this time of year the crossings can usually be done without getting your feet wet unless you slip on a rock or log. 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. The trail continues beyond the bridge, but our destination is the river just below the bridge to hang out, have lunch and watch the bungee jumpers.
THE HIKE: This is a moderate hike of about 10 miles - there are no strenuous hills, but it is not recommended unless you have hiked at least 7 or 8 miles previously. There are several stream crossings and a portion of the trail is rocky riverbed.
We will begin the hike at 9:00AM at the trailhead (East Fork Ranger station), parking is limited and the closure of so many other places in the Angeles National Forest are increasing the popularity of those that are still open. I highly recommend car pooling. I have two extra Adventure Passes for the first two people volunteering to drive for car pooling. Adventure "day" Passes are available at the general store about a mile or so before the road ends.
DIRECTIONS: If you use Google Maps and enter "Camp Bonta Prairie Forks Rd, Los Angeles, California" - it will show you the area, but if you request directions it will take you thru Glendora - this is O.K., but not recommended as the directions look complex. My preference is to take Azusa Ave. (Highway 39) North up into the mountains -Turn right onto East Fork Rd - You will pass a sign on your right "Sheep Mountain Wilderness Road Ends 1/2 Mile" -Shortly after that sign you will approach a right-hand hairpin turn...DO NOT MAKE THAT TURN - Instead, continue straight onto the unmarked road directly in front of you.
WATCH FOR TRAFFIC COMING DOWN THE HILL
-The road will end in a parking lot just past the East Fork ranger station. There are restrooms there and at the bottom of the hill. The trailhead is at the far end of the parking lot. If you haven't found the group yet, we will meet at the trailhead.
TIMING: I am expecting a sizable turnout for this hike. Out of courtesy for your fellow hikers and the bungee jumpers, please be at your meeting place a little early so we can get to the trailhead and started on time. If you follow my directions it is about 18 miles from the 210 freeway and N. Azusa Ave and will take 35 to 40 minutes to drive. I will meet people for carpooling at the Madre St. Gold Line station parking lot at 7:30 to 7:40 and at Ninth St. between Azusa Ave and San Gabriel Ave. (Use Google maps and enter 858 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, Ca 91702 - when you get here turn left on Ninth) in front of where Kings Ranch Market used to be between 8:00 and 8:10-.This will probably be the last place I will have a cell phone signal.
BUNGEE JUMPING: Bungee America is the only company in California who is State licensed to bungee jump from a bridge. "The Bridge to Nowhere" bungee jumping site where the public can experience the thrills and exhilaration of bungee jumping first hand. Their website is www.bungeeamerica.com If you want to jump, you can make arrangements in advance and save a few $$ - you can still hike with us as a group as long as you are to the bridge by 11:30 for training. I am not planning to organize bungee jumping, but if there is enough interest and someone wants to take the lead - with 6 people, the organizer jumps free. Please feel free to contact Bungee America for more details.
WHAT TO BRING: Ample water, comfortable shoes, a snack or nutrition bar for along the way, something for lunch, a windbreaker or other light weight jacket, and maybe a dry pair of socks.