Bridge to Nowhere (BTN) Hike Again!
A few months ago, I met a Sierra Club member who belonged to 100-peak club. She hiked to over 100 peaks and her favorite hike is BTN! This confirmed BTN is a must hike.
This is not a difficult hike as some people may make it to be. It is about 10 miles round trip but it's a steady hike with an exception of a few places. If you wear comfortable water shoes and consider all the things I mentioned below, you will enjoy this hike!
This event is cross-posted in multiple groups.
Please click on the link below for additional information regarding BTN hike.
I noticed many people don't read the content and/or follow directions given in an event description but it is important that you read and understand the entire event description given below!
THINGS TO TAKE and CONSIDER:
1. Your WATER! - Minimum 3 liters! You can freeze your water bottles so that they will stay cold for a few hours into the hike. (There isn't any water source at the trail and you shouldn't have to ask your fellow hikers to share their water with you. The water pump at the bungee jump area is not for our use. It's reserved only for bungee jumpers.)
2. WATER SANDALS or comfortable shoes. It's a long hike and you don't want to get blisters. There may be poison oak on the trails so hike carefully so that you do not to brush yourself against any plants. Rattle snakes may also be present so stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at ALL times. I prefer water shoes so that I can wade through all the streams and cool down. Carrying walking sticks is optional.
3. HAT to cover your head.
4. SUN BLOCK to cover your skin.
5. Shorts and T-shirt or something to wear in the swimming hole. Towel is optional.
6. Your LUNCH! - Sandwich, salad, sushi, pasta, fruits, plastic forks, etc. You will get HUNGRY! Remember to take ALL of your trash and other people's trash back with you for proper disposal.
7. Snack - Anything you want to eat for energy and share with others.
8. Take care of your bowel movement and restroom needs before you start the hike. There isn't any restroom but the nature to relieve yourself during this hike. (There are restrooms at BTN Trailhead Parking Area.)
9. Be Responsible and All Of The Above! Seriously, you will need all of the above! And please pack everything on the night/day BEFORE this event day, including your water, lunch and snack. Don't try to do this the morning of the event. You may cause your entire carpool to be late! While hiking, do not take any unreasonable risk and try to stay with the group. If you must wander off briefly, please let others know and catch up with the group asap.
This day (09/28/13) is the National Public Lands Day and One Adventure Pass is NOT required! It's a FREE day!! So don't purchase a day pass!
1. Exit on Azusa Ave. from 210 freeway.
2. Go North on Azusa Ave. (about 11.7 miles).
3. Turn Right over the bridge (East Fork Road).
4. Travel about 3.4 miles on East Fork Road.
5. Turn Left when you come to a Y-intersection.
6. This road will ends in the parking lot where we will meet.
7. If the parking lot is full, please find parking along the side of the road.
8. Make sure your parking pass is visible! (On 09/28/13, parking pass is not required.)
The drive time from when you exit 210 freeway on Azusa Ave. to BTN Trailhead Parking Area may be 30-45 minutes. Most of the way is via a winding road.
We will meet at BTN Trailhead Parking Area at 7 a.m. and start our hike at 7:15 a.m. Please arrive on time.
You can meet us at the BTN Trailhead Parking Area at 7 a.m. or either Carpool locations described below at 5:45 a.m. We will leave these Carpool locations at 6:00 a.m.
CARPOOL LINK BELOW:
It is highly recommended that you arrange a carpool ride for yourself with other hikers ASAP and as EARLY as possible. Last 2 times I went to BTN, many people wanted to attend but couldn't go because they didn't have a ride.
Please use the CARPOOL Link and/or Message Board below to secure your ride/spot.
1) If you can drive, please list yourself as the driver and how many passengers you can have in your vehicle.
2) If you can only be a passenger, please list yourself in either an open spot with a driver or list yourself as a passenger and wait/hope a driver will sign up for your ride. Please contribute money and/or service for gas/parking, thanks.
3) If you cannot attend this event, please cancel both RSVP AND CARPOOL spot through Carpool Link below. If you cannot attend and you have claimed a carpool spot as a driver or passenger, please cancel as early as possible or at least 72 hours prior to this event. If you cancel within this time or is a no show, you may be banned from my future events or removed from meetup group(s). If you must cancel, please note that your action will jeopardize other people's ride and/or have taken away a carpool spot from others.
Last time one driver cancelled a day before the event and caused others to miss the event. If this happens without a good reason for this event, that person will be banned and/or removed. Please be responsible.
This event is cross-posted in other groups.
============CARPOOL LOCATION #1============
MEET AT 5:45 AM; DEPART 6:00 AM
VONS PARKING LOT
240 S. Diamond Bar Boulevard, Diamond Bar, CA 91765
(I will be at this location and encourage carpooling from this location if you are coming from the east or south of 210 and Azusa. Parking is free and I've never had anyone get in trouble for parking here all day. However I cannot guarantee you will not receive a ticket.)
============CARPOOL LOCATION #2============
MEET AT 5:45 AM; DEPART 6:00 AM
GOLDEN MILE BOWLING
1400 E. Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, CA 91801
(I will NOT be at this location but encourage carpooling from this location if you are coming from the west or north of 210 and Azusa. Parking is free and I've never had anyone get in trouble for parking here all day. However I cannot guarantee you will not receive a ticket.)
This hike is about 10 miles round trip. Hike is at a slow to moderate pace and we will cross streams. You should wear water sandals or comfortable shoes you don't mind getting soaked in. Unfit or uncomfortable shoes will cause your feet to develop blisters. I personally prefer water sandals. I wore it each time and I enjoyed wading through streams of water while others were trying not to get their shoes wet. Water sandals should be closed-toe type so that your toes are not exposed.
There may be poison oak on the trails so hike carefully so that you do not to brush yourself against any plants.
It's very important that you take a backpack with at least 3 liters water, lunch, snack and sun block. We will hike up to BTN and have lunch around 11 a.m. Believe me, you will be exhausted and very HUNGRY. You will want to immediately SIT, EAT and DRINK!
After eating and resting, we will play in the swimming hole! Those that don't play in the swimming hole will miss out on 75% of the fun! So wear or take something you can get wet in.
If you want to bungee jump, then please arrange it yourself. You can inquire on the board below to determine if anyone else may be interested in participating with you. However, most of us will not.
5:45 am very early in the morning but we want to park close (we don't want to hike any longer than we have to on this hike) and avoid the hot and sunny weather in the late morning.
Dogs are allowed on this trail but NOT recommended. Dogs will get exhausted, especially small and unfit dogs, and their paws may bruise.
Again, REMEMBER to PACK your Lunch, Snack and Water!
This hike will take the entire morning to afternoon. We may return to the parking area around 4 pm. After the hike, we may drive to a restaurant to enjoy a group dinner!
One Adventure Pass is normally required for each vehicle. You can purchase a day pass for $5 or an annual pass for $30 at REI Store, ARCO near Azusa Avenue when you exit 210 freeway or any sporting goods store.
09/28/13 is the National Public Lands Day and One Adventure Pass is NOT required! It's a FREE day!! So don't purchase a day pass!
This may be the final BTN event this year so don't miss it!