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Summer Water Fun Hike: Bridge to Nowhere (Intermediate)

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Join Larry W. for a Summer Water Fun Hike: Bridge to Nowhere!


What to bring : extra socks and clothes if you like to change after the hike. We will get wet dozen of times, and won't stop to change socks, so wear shoes you don't mind to get wet. Sturdy hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes are recommended else your feet may get injury. Swim suits if you like to swim. Bring a light lunch, plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat. Ten Hiking Essentials: link (

THIS HIKE IS GREAT FOR FIT INTERMEDIATE HIKERS-If you are occasional hikers or adv. beginners, make sure you keep the group paces

Adventure Pass : Required at the trailhead, THE PASS CAN PURCHASE ONLINE OR ANY SPORT STORE NEAR YOU ($5/DAY OR $30/YEAR)

Highlights : San Gabriel River - East Fork
Scenery: Lovely stream, cascades, shear granite walls, mysterious Bridge to Nowhere
Near: Azusa, CA
Distance: 9.7 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Duration: 4-6 hours hiking time!
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: mostly on a trail, gradually gain, insignificant for elevation, but a few difficult spots and crossing the river (water will be low, highest about knee to thigh level)
Hike Type: Out and Back

Departure time : Early start as limited parking at the trailhead, avoiding the summer heat and the crowd of Bungee Jumpers. This bridge is famous for that dangerous activity!

1. Carpool is highly recommended, we'll leave Orange Park and Ride 5:30AM driving to the trailhead.

2. 6:15AM at Ranger Station-San Gabriel Canyon: 1990 North San Gabriel Canyon Road Azusa, California 91702

3. 6:45AM-7:00 AM (at the trailhead). Hiking time at 7AM.

Photos from last time events :

1. June, 2012: photos link (

2. July, 2011:

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3. August, 2010

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About the trail : This trip 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. There are some small trails that lead 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. Route finding was a bit challenging with many day use trails mixed in with the main trail, washed out sections of trail, and over a half dozen stream crossings (bring waterproof boots even when the water is low) I had hiking sandles for the past trips and it was lovely refresh everytime crossing the river.

DIRECTION : From Interstate 10 or the 210 freeway, exit on Azusa and head north 10 miles or so, paralleling the San Gabriel Dam on your right. Turn right on East Fork Road and continue 8 more miles to the East Fork Station, where the road dead ends. Note that if you go around a hairpin 180 degree turn on East Fork Road, you missed the road into the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. The trail head is short distance down an obvious service road. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked])

More info for Orange Park and Ride : meet and leave at 5:30AM OC Park and Ride: link (

***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street

More info for driving to the trailhead from Orange Park and Ride : link (,+orange,ca&daddr=E+Fork+Rd&hl=en&geocode=FZ5HBAIdifb5-CmLWUT3K9fcgDFnDJjN20Cwcw%3BFepMCgIdmO76-A&mra=ls&sll=33.945705,-117.77482&sspn=0.963776,1.691895&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=10)

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