(Explorer Series 3) Bridge to No Where - The Most Beautiful Water Spot Near L.A.

  • May 11, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Assistants: Yessie, Eric Lee

Safety detail: Marvin

Sweep: Christpher Hughes

Medical staff: Alise Hatley

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Location: Azusa, CA

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, Level 6/10

Distance: 10 miles

Elevation Gain: 1000'

Time: 7 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail (We will wet hike 3 miles in the creek. Water level is as high as 40".)

Water: Minimum 3 liters (Do not bring just 2 bottles. You will be mummified by the end of the hike.)

Dog: No Dog

Toilette: At the trail head and also 1/2 mile into the hike.

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Parking: Public and street parking near the trailhead. Adventure Pass is required. If parking lot is full near the trailhead, you can park at the Oaks Picnic Area and hitchhike to the trailhead. It is only 1 1/2 mile south of the trailhead.

Direction: From the 210 freeway exit at Azusa Avenue (Highway 39) and head north for 10 miles or so. Azusa Avenue becomes San Gabriel Canyon Road and parallels the San Gabriel Dam on the right. Turn right on East Fork Road. Drive 7.5 miles to Camp Bonita Road. Turn Left on Camp Bonita Road and drive to the parking lot at the end.

Park in the lot or beside the road below the ranger station. Do not park where there is a no parking sign. It is ok to park on the dirt along both sides of the road as long as your tires do not cross over the white line.

What to wear: short sleeve shirt, shorts, swimsuit inside and hiking boots. (Sports sandals are not recommended.)

What to bring: hat, sunscreen, one hiking pole, lunch, snacks, water, and the usual stuff. 

Proficiency: Anyone interested in participating in this event must share with my your hiking background to substantiate your proficiency before your name will be added to the list.

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Trail description:

To beat the heat, we will partially deviate from hiker's trail and use miner's trail to access larger bodies of water for a more fun and wet experience.

This is a social hike for fun-loving people. We will take our sweet time getting there, and you will be wet!

Parking space will be filled up by 8 am. Be there early.  

This hike 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.

We plan to take a small trail that leads 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.                                                                                    
  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Activities:

Trekker Series: On the 1st Saturday of the month and will be 6 miles or less.
Explorer Series: On the 2nd Saturday and will be 7- 8 miles.
Adventurer Seires: On the 3rd Saturday and will be 9 miles or more.

Mountaineer Series with elevation gain of 4000' and more will be scheduled for 3rd and 4th quarters for seasoned alpinists.

Exploratory hikes are available off schedule. To participate, you must be a strong and seasoned hiker. Please email me if you are interested.

Waiting list priority: People who hike with me or with Los Angeles Hiking Group frequently will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.

No show policy: If you sign up for an event and no show, you will either lose your waiting list priority or not be able to sign up for the next event.

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Warning:

If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

If you have never done a hike of this distance or difficulty before, this hike will be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule this event again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.

Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, 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 (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: http://www.meetup.com/terms/

Profile Photo:

Members interested in joining this hike must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of the L.A. Hiking Group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up.

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  • Dee

    Thank you Mike and everyone for making my visit to L.A. so enjoyable! The hike and water breaks were fabulous!! I hope to meet you all again on a future hike!

    May 14, 2013

  • Hanna

    What a wonderful way to spend the day! Amazing hike, such fun friendly people and fantastic Mike to lead the way! Loved the water breaks, I had so much fun !!! Looking forward to the next hike! :)

    3 · May 13, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    I am new to hiking and these series by mike are really enjoyable.
    Got to experience wet hike, and you gotta try it,

    May 13, 2013

  • Mike C.

    It was a perfect day to visit a very special place mother nature has carved for all of us. It was warm; water was clear and plentiful. Sky was blue and people were friendly and adventurous. I would not be able to find a better group to do this hike with. Let me thank Erik and Sam for leading and being the first through many tricky spots. I also want to recongnise Eric Lee for sweeping and Marvin as the safety. You guys are most responsible. Let me also recongnize Alise for being our medical staff. This hike will not be possible without any of you. Thank you all for joining me. I look forward to seeing you all very soon on trails.

    4 · May 12, 2013

    • Eric L.

      thanks for introducing this awesome hike to us ...

      May 13, 2013

  • Darryl

    Great day of hiking, beautiful weather, fun group of hikers, who could ask for more! Thanks Mike for guiding the way and sharing your knowledge of the terrain.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Rafael

    Awesome hike. Love the "water breaks" Mike gave:)

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Marvin

    Another great hike Mike. Beautiful day and an amazing group of people. Thanks again and I'm already looking forward to next the hike with this group.

    2 · May 12, 2013

  • Cory P.

    FANTASTIC HIKE MIKE! This was by far one of the best hikes I have done. We had Beautiful Blue Skies, White Fluffy Clouds, Green Hillsides, a Babbling Brook, an Awesome Group of People, and the Best Water Breaks ever! Tons of Fun and Laughs were had by all. Big Thanks to Mike and everyone else who made it a Great Experience!

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Marvin

    Amazing hike and and great leader.

    1 · May 12, 2013

  • Sam

    Great hike and fun group :)

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Santhosh

    It was a fun day! Thanks Mike and Everybody for making it happen!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Clara

    What a great hike, thanks Mike! The location was beautiful and the group was so much fun. :)

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Yesenia

    Great Hike Mike! It was tons of fun, I totally enjoyed myself. Lots of friendly people.

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Cindy F.

    Amazing day!! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I can speak for everyone else, too!
    Thank you for taking us there. I will go back again. Beautiful, spectacular and well worth the drive out.

    2 · May 11, 2013

  • Darlene

    Was a little late to hike because we got lost, tried to hopefully catch up but got stuck behind bungee jumping crowd on trail, unfortunately didn't get to hike with you folks but was a great day anyways. Next time.

    May 11, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    Best hike ever!
    Thank you Mike and the Group for making this hike so much fun!!

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Mahmut

    It was so much fun.

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • Eric L.

    really fun and awesome

    1 · May 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry not feeling well.

    May 11, 2013

  • sylvia

    My ride fell and my car broke

    May 10, 2013

  • Dee

    Btw - I updated my RSVP to No.

    May 10, 2013

  • Dee

    I need to cancel. I injured my right leg from running on it too much.

    May 10, 2013

  • eddie

    just visited the site and saw the full hike. Drats! I would've loved to do this hike. I've not yet been to the "Bridge to Nowhere" Alas, now I'll have to hunt for a bridge to somewhere else. Bon voyage, mes amis.

    May 10, 2013

  • Hanna

    I'm so excited! I'm coming from Pasadena, anyone wants to carpool?

    May 8, 2013

    • Hanna

      Hi Sam, sure sounds great!

      May 9, 2013

    • Hanna

      Sam, I am not coming from Pasadena after all tomorrow.. so gotta cancel the carpool. Thanks though!

      May 10, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Could anyone carpool with Cindy?

    May 10, 2013

  • Cindy F.

    I want to carpool but have not gotten replies...

    May 10, 2013

  • Cindy F.

    Hey Mike- do I need an Adventure pass or something like that? I also want to know if anyone is carpooling from the west side.....
    Please let me know. I live in B.Hills-
    Thanks!! : )

    May 8, 2013

    • Cindy F.

      Can I get away with going without one, since you guys will have them?

      May 10, 2013

    • Cindy F.

      I don't wish to cancel!!

      May 10, 2013

  • Yuriy

    Unfortunate, we were late to initial announcement :( Looking forward to have another opportunity to do this hike!

    May 10, 2013

  • Mina B.

    +2

    May 8, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Plus 1 only. Mina, Could your friend do a 10 mile wet hike? We need to make sure not to invite friends that need ambulance half way through the hike. If they get into trouble, 10 miles is a long way for you to carry them out.

      May 8, 2013

    • Mina B.

      They are expert hikers. Thanks for your concern but we are in good shape.

      May 9, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    I am going to need to cancel due to not having ride anymore, so please give my spot away as well. I will be attending a closer hike this weekend instead. Crap Nuts, really really wanted to enjoy this hike.

    May 9, 2013

  • Nichole M.

    I am going to have to cancel something unexpected came up sorry for the inconvenience

    May 9, 2013

  • Hanna

    +1 if possible

    May 9, 2013

    • Mike C.

      just change your RSVP setting.

      May 9, 2013

  • Araceli

    I just want to make sure where we are meeting ... I turn Right on East Fork Road and when the road turns into 180 degree l don't continue but l turn left into CAMP BONITA ROAD????
    Where leads to a small parking lot.

    May 9, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Turn right on East Fork Road. Drive 7.5 miles to Camp Bonita Road. Turn Left on Camp Bonita Road and drive 1/2 mile to the parking lot at the end.

      May 9, 2013

    • Araceli

      Thank you Mike

      May 9, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    I am super stoked to go, just bought a new bathing suit for the trip, I can throw in gas money if anyone would like to take me along in their carpool.

    May 9, 2013

  • Hanna

    Any chance I could have +1? Experienced hiker.

    May 9, 2013

  • sondra

    With deep regret I must give up my spot, my daughter is flying in to celebrate the mother's day weekend with me so some lucky person can have my spot

    May 9, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    It looks like I'm either going to need to find another carpool or cancel. I'm in Sherman oaks.

    May 9, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    +1

    May 9, 2013

  • Rosa M D.

    Please let me know when you go back to the series 1

    May 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Hi Everyone, Due to the group size and nature of the hike, event staffs have been expanded to accommodate our group.

    May 8, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Please take time to review your scheduel for any potential conflict. If you cannot attend, please remove your name from the list and give people on the waiting list an opportunity to join us. In the mean time, please do take time to review our no-show policy.

      May 8, 2013

  • Nichole M.

    Hey Sondra I am friend of Amanda Sainburg, she told me to ask you if you have room an extra person and meet you at Universal Station. Please let me know if you can help me out or not

    May 8, 2013

  • Hanna

    My hiking boots are leather -- am I ruining them in the water? Will they dry inside? I've noticed a lot of people have boots made of fabric instead. Confused.

    May 8, 2013

    • sondra

      When getting hiking boots wet, keep a change of shoes and socks in your car and take off wet boots for the ride home. Stuff wet boots with newspapers or those pesky flyers you always get in the mail. If you can leave them outside in a back yard or balcony do so. Will be perfectly dry and not smelling by morning.

      May 8, 2013

    • Hanna

      Great thanks !!

      May 8, 2013

  • Michael P.

    I see a dog in the picture above but just want to confirm I am okay to bring my dog?

    May 8, 2013

  • Laurence K.

    Mike~ from 210/Azusa, it looks like another 18 miles drive to East Fork Ranger Station. How much time should I allow for that drive?

    May 8, 2013

    • Mike C.

      You need 1 hours and 15 minutes from where you are. I just fixed the directional map at the top of this page. You can use it for direction.

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Laurence K.

      thanks Mike!

      May 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    If you are coming from the west side, you need 1 1/2 driving time. Please set your alarm clock accordingly.

    May 8, 2013

  • Dee

    Hello. I'm new to L.A., flying in from Philadelphia actually to join everyone on this hike which sounds pretty awesome. Can you give me detailed instructions on how to acquire/obtain an Adventure Pass (what is it)? Also, can you provide an address or GPS coordinates in addition to the directions? Lastly, Mike, can you email me personally so we can swap mobile numbers? Thank you!

    May 8, 2013

    • Mike C.

      You can get it from REI, Sports Chalet, Big 5 or any ranger station. The map feature at the top of this page is correct now. You can use it for direction.

      May 8, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Where we are going has no cell phone reception.

      May 8, 2013

  • Nichole M.

    Im near griffith park

    May 8, 2013

  • Nichole M.

    Anyone near los feliz area i can pitch in gas money for domeone to ride with

    May 8, 2013

  • Hanna

    I know there are a lot of people waiting - but I can always try! My last hike was to Mt WIlson from Chantry Flats, 14 mi, 4400 feet gain, 8 hours. I've wanted to do this hike for a while now.

    May 7, 2013

    • Karine

      I don't know how to do this but I don't think I can make this hike , so u can take my spot .

      May 7, 2013

    • Hanna

      Thanks Karine!

      May 8, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Most of you are not familiar with a wet hike. What it entails is hiking in the middle of a creek with submerged rocks where you can't see the bottom. You will use your foot to pick out a good spot to land. Therefore, you need to bring one hiking pole to test water depth. By default, a creek bed is rugged and lined with rocks big and small. If you wear sports sandals or trail runners, they do not give you the same ankle support as high-top hiking boots. If you fail to plant your foot safely, severe ankle or leg injury is likely. Bridge to No Where is a popular spot. Naturally it is a place where many accidents happen. If you are bringing a quest, it is your responsibility to fully inform your quest as to the risk he/she is taking on this hike. If all you have done recently are hikes with distance 6 miles or less, a 10 mile wet hike will literally be your death march. It is critical for participants to have a realistic view of your ability.

    May 7, 2013

    • Mike C.

      Pleae take time to read the liability release statement posted in the event page so that we are all clear as to where the liability lies.

      That being said, if you thread water lightly and pay close attention to what you are doing, you will have a great time.

      May 7, 2013

    • sylvia

      sure we'll have a great time ! Thanks MIke !

      May 7, 2013

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