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Bridge to Nowhere Hike

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Bridge to Nowhere

East Fork Road · Azusa, CA

How to find us

Parking lot/trail head near the East Fork Ranger Station

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Organizer: Mike Cheng

Location: Azusa, CA

Hike Difficulty: Moderate, Level 6/10

Distance: 10 miles

Elevation Gain: 1000'

Time: 6-7 hours

Trail condition: Single file trail (We will cross stream numerous times.)

Water: Minimum 3 liters

Dog: Dog on leash with booties (The ground is very hot.) Your dog will need to be capable swimmers or you may have to carrry him/her across water

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

Parking: Public and street parking. Adventure Pass is required. If parking is full at trail head, you can park at Oaks Picnic Area and hitchhike to the trail head. There a plenty of parking there. It is one mile south of the trail head.

Carpool Point: Monrovia Park and Ride, located on the west side of Myrtle Avenue just south of the 210 freeway, at 7:30 a.m. Carpool should leave promptly at 7:40 am. Organizer will not be present.

Direction: 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.

What to bring: hat, sunscreen, swimsuit, hiking boots (or sports sandals), lunch, snacks, water, the usual stuff. Bring one hiking pole to help you move around river rocks.

For the first 3 1/2 miles of the hike, we will follow miners' trail that hugs the river and then we will return to hikers' trail for the remainder of the hike.

Miners' trail will bring us to 4 pools along the river. (see photos above.)

The scenery along this trail is monumental, on a scale seen nowhere else in the San Gabriel Mountains. The gorge of the East Fork cuts deep into the eastern high country, separating such giants of the range as Mount Baden-Powell and Old Baldy. This is nature in it's grandest portions, at least in Southern California!

The trail follows along the banks of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, fording its shallow but rushing waters several times along the way. We will pass under Swan Rock, a towering wall west of the river with the outline of a giant swan etched in grey, before reaching the famous "Bridge to Nowhere," the most imposing remnant of the East Fork Road of yesteryear. The mysterious bridge was built in 1936 but the road leading to it was swept away by flooding in 1938.

The hot weather is here so its time for the perfect summer hike. The hike itself is moderate but be prepared to get wet if necessary as there are several boulder-hopping river crossings along the way. That doesn't mean wearing sandals or flip-flops but a good pair of hiking boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet. Bring at least 3 liters of water, sunblock, and lunch to eat when we reach the bridge. Also, there is bungee jumping off the bridge if you feel so inclined!


If you have prior medical condiction or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the hike for you.

Release of Liability:

The organizer (me) of this trip is a volunteer and is not a professional guide. The function of the organizer is only to organize this trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests 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 (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

In addition, you and your guests are acknowledging that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2: