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The Bridge to Nowhere

 

THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE: This 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 river crossings. 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 just to the bridge

This hike is posted on Happy Hour Backpacking and Early Bird Hiking - if you are a member of both Meet-ups, please RSVP on only one.

 Due to the popularity of this hike, I am going to limit the number of hikers to 20 (per Meetup group) with a wait list. Please do not RSVP “Yes” unless you are certain you are going to go (barring any unforeseen circumstances) and do not be discouraged if you are on the wait list as things change for people and you could have an opportunity to join us. 

 The hike: You may get wet ! ! ! 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. Water level should be low, but if you are not adept at walking on logs and/or rock hopping, plan to get your feet wet. We will meet in the parking area near the trailhead gate (East Fork Ranger station) at 8:15AM to begin the hike at 8:30AM. Parking is limited (Adventure Pass required) and the closure of so many other places in the Angeles National Forest has increased the popularity of those that are still open. I highly recommend car pooling. I have a few $5 Adventure "day" Passes available.  

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. Watch for "No Parking" areas along the road - just because someone else parked there doesn't mean yo will not get a ticket.

     When you RSVP "Yes", please incicate at which location(see below) you will meet us and e-mail me ( [masked] ) or post if you can be a driver for carpooling.

TIMING:  Out of courtesy for your fellow hikers, please be at your meeting place a little early so we can get to the trailhead to find parking and get started on time. Traffic may be light for the Holiday, but don't count on it as the 210 can be nasty just about any day. If you follow my directions it is about 18 miles from the 210 freeway - N. Azusa Ave exit and will take 35 to 40 minutes to drive. I will meet people for carpooling at the Vons parking lot on Fair Oaks and Orange Grove in front of the Subway shop to leave at 6:30AM (If you plan to get a sandwich at Subway, please allow extra time), at the Madre St. Gold Line station parking lot to leave at7:00AM use Google Maps and enter: 130 Sierra Madre Villa Ave, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California 91107) and at Ninth St. East of Azusa Ave (Use Google maps and enter 858 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, Ca 91702) - when you get here turn right on Ninth and park - we will leave here at 7:30AM. This will probably be the last place I will have a cell phone signal. Additional details will be sent to those who are going on this hike.

WHAT TO BRING: Ample water, comfortable shoes that you can walk in when they are wet, 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. I know people hike at different levels and I try not to leave anyone behind (you won’t get lost, if you get separated, just follow another group of people), but I cannot wait for someone who wants to change shoes at every water crossing. The water level should be low unless we get some serious rain between now and the hike. If you want to change your socks and shoes, do so after the last river crossing when we take the switch back up the canyon wall high above the river. This is about a mile or so before the bridge.

The Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging. that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer, Assistant Organizers and event hosts of this Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities

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  • John St. J.

    just lucky Lee plus I enlarged them ;)

    November 27, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Thank you Rebecca and John for sharing your pictures. John - your pictures of the Big Horn Sheep are far better then the ones I got.

    November 27, 2012

  • timothy f.

    Had a great hike as usual, great weather as well

    November 25, 2012

  • Lee T.

    It was great seeing everyone - thank you for joining this hike. If you have pictures from the hike, please post them - it is always nice to see the hike from another's perspective.

    November 24, 2012

  • Lee T.

    What a great day! We had 24 fun and adventurous hikers from Early Bird Hiking and Happy Hour Backpacking. The weather was perfect for hiking and the parking lot and trail was not crowded with Bungee America clients. One of the highlights I really enjoyed was taking an alternate route for the first mile from the bridge on the return trip and seeing the Big Horn Sheep. This route was a real adventure as it is not as well traveled as the rest of the hike.

    November 24, 2012

  • robert G.

    Awesome hike, perfect day and great company

    November 23, 2012

  • John St. J.

    It was great as always. Thanks again Lee for putting it together.

    November 23, 2012

  • Lee T.

    Looks like we are going to have a total of 25 hikers today from Early Bird and Happy Hour also beautiful weather. We will be meeting at Vons in Pasadena and on Ninth St. in Azusa for carpools, the rest will meet at the trailhead.

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can go to the Sierra Madre station, would be nice to carpool but I guess that means be there by 7:30 to drive out together?

    November 22, 2012

    • Lee T.

      Sierra Madre Station would be 7:00 - please check the e-mail I sent you.

      November 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sierra Madre Gold Line Station in Pasadena @7 a.m? Got it, thanks!

      November 22, 2012

  • robert G.

    I will be meeting at trail head unless anyone needs a carpool. I can fit 2 more. Coming from Monrovia so can meet at azusa check point if needed. Please message today if anyone needs a ride up.

    November 22, 2012

  • Lee T.

    For those who have not responded regarding carpooling/meeting location, please take a minute and send me quick e-mail or post a comment even if you are meeting at the trailhead. It will help me ensure I have everyone accounted for.

    November 22, 2012

  • John St. J.

    I will be coming in from the Griffith Park area and have room for 3 others. Let me know A.S.A.P.

    November 21, 2012

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