East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
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. 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). I was also astounded at the number of swimming holes. This place must be a zoo in the heat of the summer! The trail along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to the Bridge to Nowhere is not only one of the best trails in Southern California, but it's also one of the most unique hiking experiences you'll ever have. After you leave the crowded (and overused) trailhead area, you will increasingly find yourself awed by the rugged canyons deep in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. Multiple river crossings and shaded glens await you on this trek, with the final destination a 130-foot concrete span bridge leftover from an attempt to build a road north through the canyon. Most of the road is gone, now, but the bridge still stands - and is full of bungee jumpers on the weekends. A short trail down from the bridge leads to some top-notch swimming holes, making this a perfect hike on a hot, summer day.
We went this past Saturday. The trail is relatively flat for the first 3-4 miles though rocky and ,at points, hard to discern. Due to all of the rain this winter season, the river is flooded and as of this weekend there were 6 river crossings (not river crossings like skipping over rocks - this is 2-3 feet of fast moving water). Be prepared or try the hike in the spring!
Did this last week and it was beautiful. River crossings can be tricky since current/winds were very strong but you should be fine as long as you're careful. Total of 12 crossings (round trip) so you're going to get wet. Other than that, this is an easy hike (not much elevation gain) with great views all around.
Nice hike. During the week not too many people. Was great
Amazing hiking trail along the water. Definitely going back.
this is rated hard, I'd say a little over moderate. Fun hike. I would do it again but so many other hikes to do first.
Love the hiking trail, even we were unable to get to the bridge. Will try to hike again in another or two. Awesome view!!
Great freaking hike, I love how with the recent rains we've had have made it much more to enjoy & add to the difficulty to the hike!! Me and my girlfriend had a blast.
Great hike. Would have been better if we were actually able to make it to the bridge, but the recent rain storms seem to have made the river quite difficult to cross. We weren't able to make it more than about a mile and a half in. There were other people on the trail as well who had previously hiked it and knew the route, but were unable to make the river crossing due to the high level and rushing waters. Maybe if you go with the bungee company they bring tools to help cross the rushing river? But it was still a great hike! Had to do some bouldering over a few steep rocks, so it felt like an adventure! There was even a small waterfall! Definitely going to try this hike again when we haven't just had a rainstorm.
Beautiful trail! The hike in and out can be quite dodgy if you don't know what you're doing, but it is certainly a worthwhile trek to the bridge. Bring lots of water, snacks, and sunscreen. Also please port your trash out. There are places that are starting to look awful because people don't pick up after themselves. Also leave your tagging supplies at home. Stop ruining nature for the rest of us!