Past Meetup

Bridge to Nowhere Hike & Bungee Jumping

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The historic, Bridge to Nowhere was built in 1936. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, just 20 miles north of the City of Azusa, CA. In 1938, the road to the bridge was washed away during California’s 4th largest flood leaving behind a beautiful 5 mile hiking trail through the Angeles National Forest. The Bridge to Nowhere sits on 50 acres of private property surrounded on all sides by the Sheep Mountain Wilderness Area in the Angeles National Forest.

We'll be doing this with Bungee America (http://www.bungeeamerica.com/) and you'll have the option of jumping or just hiking (there is no charge for just hiking, of course). We'll meet at their offices at 7:30am SHARP and then drive to the trailhead. Arrive with everything you need packed and ready to go; once the group orientation has started, there will be no opportunity to leave the group for any reason. Once registration is complete, everyone will get back into their own vehicles and follow Bungee America’s staff on a 30 minute drive into the San Gabriel Canyon

This 30 minute drive leads into the beautiful and historic San Gabriel Canyon inside the Angeles National Forest. We will park our vehicles at the East Fork Ranger Station Parking lot also known as the Bridge to Nowhere Trailhead. All vehicles are required to display a National Forest Adventure Parking Pass. They cost $5.00/vehicle and they will be available for purchase upon arrival.

From the trailhead we will begin the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere. A 5 mile hike over a rocky & rugged trail leads to the bridge. The trail crosses a creek 6 times or more. The water ranges from 1 to 3 feet deep. You must wear shorts and shoes that can get wet. Everyone will get their shoes and socks wet, because we do not stop to change our shoes at the river crossings.

Sturdy hiking footwear works best although many guests and staff wear sturdy quality running shoes. Do not wear sandals, flip flops, or flimsy footwear because this is a rocky & rugged trail. Bring a change of socks and shoes or sandals to change into when you arrive at the bridge.

We will arrive at the Historic 1936 Bridge to Nowhere around lunchtime, so please bring a lunch as you will be hungry. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL OR GLASS CONTAINERS. Jump School will start shortly after the entire group has arrived at the bridge. You will learn how the bungee system keeps you safe, and jumping technique for the 6 completely different jumps you get to choose from. Spectators are welcome to listen to Jump School free of charge.

Make sure you bring your camera so you do not miss one of the most thrilling moments of your life!

Here's a video from the last time we did this in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSL38lUZl2k&feature=share&list=PL63A1FB7BAEB3AB8D&index=1

To see the photo album, check it out at http://www.meetup.com/AdventurePeople/photos/923053/

Remember, this is a full day adventure so do not plan to get back to your vehicle until just before dark. Although, once you have finished jumping, you are welcome to hike back to your vehicle at your own pace ahead of the Bungee America staff. You may get back to your car an hour or more before the staff. The canyon doesn’t open into any other canyons and the river flows back toward the parking lot.

If you are planning on bungee jumping, please email me (stacey@adventurepeople.net) with the package you'd like to reserve and I will send you a request thru Paypal (all payments must be made thru Paypal, no exceptions, and Paypal fees will be added).

Here are the prices (all jumps include a Bungee America t-shirt):

Single Jump – $89.00 Perform one bungee jump with a full body harness. Choose either the Superman Front Dive or Backwards Plunge.

Twin Jump Package - $139.00 Perform two bungee jumps. Enjoy both the Superman Front Dive and Backwards Plunge.

Supreme Three Jump Package - $179.00 Perform 3 bungee jumps. This includes the Twin Jump Package plus your 3rd jump which can be either the full body harness or the ankle harness dive. Choose any of their 6 different jump styles.

Quadruple 4 Jump Package - $209.00 Perform 4 bungee jumps. This includes the Twin Jump Package plus 2 additional jumps which include 1 jump while wearing the full body harness plus the fourth jump which can be either the full body harness or the ankle harness dive.

Additional Items:

* If the weather is hot and dry; bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and plenty of cold fluids to drink.
* If the weather is cold or wet; bring warm clothes, raingear, beanies, gloves and hot chocolate.
* It will take approximately 2 hours to reach the bridge. Be prepared to hike at a brisk pace.
* You will need to bring a full picnic lunch, because you will be hungry. DO NOT BRING alcohol or glass containers.
* Bungee America provides a water filter at the bridge so you can refill your water bottles all day and before the hike back to your vehicle with beautiful, crisp mountain spring water.

Refund Policy:

All payments (less $20.00 / per person cancellation fee) are refundable with 14 days advance notice, after which there are no refunds.

Hike Highlights:

Near: Azusa, CA
Distance: 9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Hike Time: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots. Several creek crossings.
Hike Type: Out and Back

About Bungee America:

Bungee America has been in business since 1989 and is the oldest bungee jumping company in the United States. They are they only government certified bungee jumping company in California. For more info, please visit http://www.bungeeamerica.com/about-us/history-of-bungee-america/ .

By signing up for this trip, you agree to the Legal Disclaimer & Release of Liability (http://www.meetup.com/AdventurePeople/pages/Legal_Disclaimer_and_Release_of_Liability/).