Bridge to Nowhere Hike

  • Sat, June 23, 2018
  • 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • San Gabriel River - East Fork
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This classic hike takes us along the wild San Gabriel River, with multiple cooling river crossings, through varied habitats and into the Sheep Mountain Wilderness 'til we reach our prize: the mysterious abandoned bridge leading to... nowhere!, with swimming holes and cold rushing water to dip in. We'll find a shady spot to lunch, relax, then play and swim (?) in the refreshing water! Most people don't realize we have real rivers so close to home. 

HIKE DESCRIPTION:
Distance: 10.1 Miles round trip
Time: 8-11 hours
Level: Strenuous

Summer's here and that means Bridge to Nowhere - a Top 10 Must Do hike! 

This 10.1 mile, all-day hike is not for beginners, and we'll cap it at 20 people max. Hikers are expected to read the full trail description in the link below, be in fit condition, and come prepared for an all day, long but rewarding, memorable hike! 

READ MODERN HIKER'S & LA TRAIL HIKERS' FULL DESCRIPTIONS & SEE PHOTOS:
"Carry *lots* of drinking water and be sure you stop to eat snacks along the way. There is almost no shade and the trail – with its numerous boulder hops and crossings – is deceptively exhausting." - Modern Hiker
https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-the-east-fork-of-san-gabriel-river-to-the-bridge-to-nowhere

https://latrailhikers.com/hikes/bridge-to-nowhere/ *This one gives good expectations

ROUGH SCHEDULE:

7 am: Meet at trailhead, hike in.
11 am: Arrive at Bridge to Nowhere. Lunch / relax / swim / water / explore.
Around 2 pm: Hike back.
Return around 6 pm.

I suggest we all come back together so everyone returns safely, but if you want to leave earlier you are on your own! Don't get lost.

COME PREPARED: Sleep well, wear hiking shoes you don't mind getting wet. We will be walking over miles of river bed (loose rocks) and walking through water up to our knees; no flip flops. Wear shoes, then bring water shoes/Tevas for the swimming holes (slippery underfoot). Quick-dry shorts/swim trunks/bathing suit, Sun protection: hat, quick-dry top, sunscreen, shades, wet bandana feels great on your neck, Lots of water: 2-3 times what you think you'll need, or water filter. It's an all day, exposed hike. Afternoon full sun. Tip: Freeze your water... Mmm! (Electrolyte drink?) Lunch, snacks, fruit, Waterproof camera, if you have? Emergency toilet paper, hand sanitizer, first aid? Ya never know. Hiking pole if desired for crossings. Change of clothes/shoes in car, if desired. Adventure Pass if driving. Read full event description & trail links

MEETING TIME & TRAILHEAD PARKING DIRECTIONS:
7 AM sharp at the Trailhead. The early start is for a cooler hike in, and because the parking lot fills fast. If full, we need to park further down the road. Carpools highly encouraged!

From the 210 Freeway, exit Azusa Ave/CA-39. Head north for 11.8 miles winding into the mountains. At East Fork Road turn right, going over the bridge. In 3.3 miles, stay to the right to keep on East Fork Road and in 1.9 miles make a sharp left onto Camp Bonita Road. This road ends at the trailhead. There is a pit toilet available.
Google Map to Trailhead: https://goo.gl/maps/qa16gq7WeBM2

ADVENTURE PASS REQUIRED - BUY AHEAD OF TIME:
The pass is required to park at the trailhead (one per vehicle); don't get a ticket. Buy your day pass ($5) or annual pass ahead of time because the Gateway Center won't be open yet when we go up. Where can I buy it? Many locations including: Some 7-Elevens, gas stations, Big 5, REI, USFS visitor centers: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/r5/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5181410

CARPOOL/TRANSIT TIPS:
Coordinate amongst yourselves based on return plans: Do you need to get back soon (Are you breaking from the group?) Or is your day free to spend a long time in the water, relaxing/exploring before heading back? 
Transit riders can be picked up at the Metro Gold Line Azusa Station along the way. If driving from different areas, you can meet carpool mates at River Wilderness Park along the way, and leave cars behind (free parking lot). Address: 100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Rd. Azusa, CA 91702 
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BhrsEi2qhLn From this carpool point it's a 30 minute drive to the trailhead.

MORE TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS:

https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/bridge-to-nowhere-hike-los-angeles/

https://socalhiker.net/hike-the-bridge-to-nowhere/

http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/bridge.html
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/east-fork-trail-bridge-to-nowhere

Looking forward to a fun hike y'all! It's a challenge but worth it!

Contact John Buckley with any questions at j_l_buckley@yahoo.com

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