Lovely cascading stream, shear granite walls, and the mysterious "Bridge to Nowhere"
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NOTE- Temperatures should be around 70 at the beginning, and go up to 80 later in the day with SEVERAL opportunities to cool off in the water. If the distance is an issue: There are a few places where you could stop to chill out on a rock and wait for us to come back.
"Bridge to Nowhere" is a bridge built in 1936 that was supposed to connect Azusa with Wrightwood. A series of avalanches and technical snafus delayed and eventually ended construction of the road... thusly... it's a bridge that goes "Nowhere"... there are BUNGEE jumpers that jump off the bridge on weekends... OHH!!! and people pan for gold in the area... one guy last year said he made $30,000 from the gold he mined on weekends.
-11 Miles ROUND-TRIP traversing a stream 4-5 times. The stream is 1 1/2 feet deep... and is 4 -5 feet in a few places ( PERFECT for cooling off in!!! ) note... we won't be hiking in water OVER 1 1/2 feet
-Shoes WILL GET WET!!! (wear a pair you can get wet, and bring an extra pair to change into after the hike)
-Difficulty 7/10 only because of the distance. It's mostly flat... with a moderate amount of rock scrambling
-will take approx 8 hours.... we'll be stopping occasionally to rest / take photos / swim
-lunch in the shade, next to the stream
-minimum amount of poison oak; like "hardly any"
-we'll meet at the trailhead at 10AM and LEAVE at 10:15AM SHARP
(if you get there late, and have a walkie talkie... we'll be on channel 15 - 1)
IT TAKES APPROX 90 MINUTES TO DRIVE FROM LA AND THE VALLEY
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-ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED Available at REI and the National Park Office ( You'll pass a National Park Office on the way... on Route 39 / Azusa blvd; approx 2.8 miles north of the 210 Freeway on the RIGHT side of the road)
FROM THE LA AREA ( or WEST of Azusa ) Take either the 210 or 10 Freeway
Exit "Route 39 or Azusa Ave" and go NORTH.
Approx 11 miles north of the 210 Freeway; or 14 miles north of the 10 Freeway... make a RIGHT onto EAST FORK ROAD over a bridge.
5 miles past the bridge, veer to the left... then continue another 8 tenths of a mile to the parking lot. (if the lots FULL, there's parking along the road. BE SURE to display your ADVENTURE PASS.
Afterwards... DINNER at La TOLTECA Mexican Restaurant... 429 N Azusa Ave in Azusa