Past Meetup

bridge to nowhere

Hosted by INLAND EMPIRE Outdoor Adventurers

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$5.00 adventure pass required

Lovely stream, cascades, shear granite walls, mysterious Bridge to Nowhere
Near: Azusa, CA
Distance: 10+ miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft Hike Time: 4.5 - 5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType: Out and Back

time: we will be starting the hike at 8 a.m. sharp so please give yourself enough time to get there and find parking

i will be keeping a steady pace on this hike please be in good shape as there will be alot of hikers going on this trip if you feel you can't keep up or may be slowing the group down you can turn back at any time, the trail is well defined and easy to get back to the parking area. there will be 200+ people on the trail through out the day leaving trash, breaking branches and carving there names in the tree's (please don't be that guy/girl)

the parking lot fills up fast and early last week there were 75 people on the trail by 7:30 a.m. the earlier you get there the closer you get to the trailhead.

what to bring. plenty of water( if you show up with no water or very little water you will be asked not to come on the hike, this is for your own safety), lunch, running shoes, boots or water shoes, sun screen, sun glasses, hat (remember pack out what you pack in)

Summary: 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. this is where we will be hiking to for lunch, then on our way back we will hike below the bridge, take a few pic's then hike back.

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). there are 5+ water crossings bring extra socks
Trailhead: 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]) if you would like to fallow me up in the jack in the box parking lot just off the 210 and azusa at 7:00 a.m. we will leave right at 7 so please get there a few min early.

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers 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. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging. that you are 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 and Assistant Organizers of the inland empire hiking club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities