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Bridge to Nowhere

As written in Hikespeak.com:

Outside of Southern California, the phrase “bridge to nowhere” brings to mind a contested national embarrassment. For outdoor-loving Angelinos, Bridge to Nowhere is the affectionate name of a local treasure. You’ll find excessive fun, not government spending, on this 10-mile round trip hike with 900 feet of elevation gain. There are several river fords on the trail to the abandoned bridge, along with opportunities to stop and swim. Dedicate at least six hours to completing this hike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was actually a lack of financial investment, and not the opposite, that created LA’s Bridge to Nowhere. Constructed in 1936 over a gap carved by the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, the bridge would serve as a link in a roadway between the San Gabriel Valley to the south and Wrightwood to the north. That is until the spring of 1938, when a massive flood changed the landscape of the canyon and washed out the road leading to the bridge. The road was never restored and construction was abandoned. The bridge remains, isolated deep in the San Gabriel Mountains. The Bridge to Nowhere has become an excellent destination for hikers and bungee-jumpers who plunge from the side of the dramatic arch-shaped bridge.The trail to the Bridge to Nowhere is mostly gradual with some rugged terrain and rock scrambling. Wading through thigh to waist high water is unavoidable.

The summer heat is perfect for this hike keeping your feet cool during all the stream crossings.  Fortunately, when I did this hike last year, it was hot enough by the time we ended the hike, my feet were dry.  I recommend you at least have in the car a change of shoes, socks and pants for after the hike.

Also, if you enjoy jumping off boulders into a pool water, you'll have that opportunity at the turn-around point.  Also at this point, we'll have lunch and watch the bungee jumpers toss themselves off the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Distance: 10miles round trip.

Elevation gain: 900ft

Time: 5-6hours

Warning: Please be in hiking shape before coming out to this hike.  Also, despite the water crossing keeping us cool, be ready for a hot day especially on the way back when the high ridges of the mountain will no longer protect us from the sun.  The combination of the distance and heat could be deadly if you are not prepared for it.  So be sure to begin hydrating with electrolytes a couple days before this hike.

What to bring: The hike itself is moderate but be prepared to get wet if necessary as there are several boulder-hopping river crossings along the way. Wear a good pair of hiking boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet. Bring at least 2 liters of water, a hat, sunblock, and lunch to eat when we reach the bridge.

DIRECTIONS: 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 and continue for another 8 miles until the road dead ends at the East Fork Ranger Station. Park in the lot or beside the road below the ranger station.

Restrooms: At the trail head and also 1 mile into the hike.

Parking: Public and street parking. Adventure Pass is required. The parking situation at the trailhead is usually very tight so carpooling is recommended and the reason why we are meeting so early. If parking is full at trail head, you can park at Oaks Picnic Area and hitchhike to the trail head. There is plenty of parking there. It is one mile south of the trail head.

If you have any questions, please shoot me an email or ask in the comment section.....Robert

If you bring a guest you must stay with them and are responsible for their safety

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 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.


 

 

Bridge to Nowhere Trail

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Reminds me why this hike is my favorite. Thank you everyone for making this hike so much fun! You guys were a blast to hangout with and forward to the next one!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! It was fun to actually have water! And a bridge!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Hike!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was gorgeous all around. The trail was mostly easy and the waterfall and the river were refreshing. Would love to come back, and maybe do bungee jumping next time!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great huge Robert! Very cool location!

    June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Stupid spellcheck! Lol

      June 15, 2013

  • Julie

    Had a great time. Cool refreshing water and great friends to hang out with! Thanks Robert. One of my favorite hikes!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time and a big thank you to Robert and Jeff greatly appreciated your support;)

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool from Riverside. I don't mind driving. What time is everyone going to meet?

    June 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have an extra, if we can find you there

      June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome Jerry- I'll find you

      June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going to try to make it.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Have to drop out. Have fun. Be safe everyone

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to carpool from riverside if there is any available. I will share gas.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert , I am not able to make it Saturday , could u give my RSVP to others please . Thanks !

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a carpool from Redlands I can join?

    June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was going to drive, but if you have room, I'd like to ride with you.

      June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem Jerry you have my number call so we can arrange a meeting place

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As much as my heart has been looking forward to this. I will not be able to attend this Saturday :(. I am going to change my RSVP so that my spot will be open for someone. I look forward to meeting so many of you and having great adventures together :)

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    plus 1

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Loma Linda if anybody would like to carpool my phone number[masked]

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Robert I know you live in Beaumont, can I drive with you or does anyone who lives Beaumont wants to carpool?

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone want to drive 3 of us from Redlands? Will pay for gas!

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sure if I'm ready for this hike just yet.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert Just wanted to give you a heads up been working on my hiking and incline I am hiking about 5 .5 miles five days a week and wanted to make sure I can make this ten mile hike. Don't want to encumber others with my hiking skills . You were all so supportive on the Hilda Crooks hike but have not been able to join u for any of the smaller hikes. I really would like to attend but would like to be considerate of your seasoned hikers. Look forward to your input

    June 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Debby, sounds like you're ready!

      1 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in loma Linda if anyone wants to carpool

    June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert. Just curious about how deep the water crossings could be--knee deep or hip deep? Nevertheless, it sounds like a wonderful hike!

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I forgot I'm graduating that day!

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading out for Father's Day Weekend.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I am joining a few friends to go up to Yosemite.

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from south Orange County?

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well, since there are 2 of us and only 1 space left....we shall follow your directions and go on another date! Thanks for the info!!!

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh wow, just announced last nite around 11p and woke up this morning to see it was full.....COOL! I opened up more spots and will add you John, Debbie, Bruce and Lori.....Thanks!

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Waiting list - me too please, and Debbie M.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert, waiting list? Thanks!

    March 22, 2013

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