East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

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East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, CA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.0 miles 1181 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

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.


43 seconds ago

does any 1 no if there is still water there going tomarrow??


1 day ago

hiking

Fun hiking with creek crossing and varied scenery. Was foggy when I went so it made for extra cool photos.


1 day ago

Awesome hike! Very shaded and almost impossible to get lost, I followed the river (I think it's the faster route) but I know there is another way. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you or you will suffer.


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7 days ago

It was awesome, beautiful, the river made it all refreshing. Beware the rattlesnakes u hear.... Try and stay on the trail above to the right,, the brush is low and it's a bit dry, otherwise if u follow the water u will end up at the bottom of the bridge....


10 days ago

hiking

Make sure you have a parking pass( 5$ ) if not it's a 100$ fine .

Follow the river !!!

And brings lots and lots of water do not underestimate the trail.

Bring a pair of socks and sandals or water shoes . Because you will get wet...

The bridge was amazing.


16 days ago

hiking

Easily one of my all time favorite hikes. There are so many incredible sights to see, along with the amazing bridge. Along the way I found old rusted our engine blocks, remains of a smaller bridge that have been washed out. We even found gold miners who were some of the nicest people I have ever encountered. One even let me hold his gold findings in my hand! Just an amazing trail overall. This trail can be difficult to follow, especially through the river sections. As always watch out for rattlesnakes as well.


16 days ago

Very long, but beautiful, rocky in some spots esp along the river bed, very refreshing if u go in the summer. I went in June started at 750am ended at 130pm, my 11 yr old handled it very well, take lots of water. Once u reach the bridge it's very worth it... Watch out for rattle snakes.!


17 days ago

hiking

The hike isn't really that hard. It's just long. It's worth it though when you get to the end. The bridge and the river are awesome.


17 days ago

hiking

Very rugged trail!!! Also Bring plenty of water. Above all very fun and friendly hikers on the trail 


19 days ago

My favorite trail. Hike through the water it's a fun obstacle course and this way you avoid the rattle snakes. Also the trail is much more aesthetically pleasing through the water. Probably around 8 hrs there and back.


28 days ago

hiking

Really fun hike pretty rugged! The only negative thing I have to say is I wish they marked the trail a little bit better because there are two ways to get to the bridge other than that I love how it runs right along side a river the whole trail! So be sure to bring the lifestraw just in case you run out of water!


28 days ago

hiking

Easy


29 days ago

hiking

Great Hike, worth the effort. Would be better in early fall or spring, was very hot and towards last mile ran out of water.


1 month ago

hiking

What a rewarding hike this was. Glad I brought my swim suit. All Trails rates this as a moderate hike. I would say for a family outing yes! If you are a regular hiker this 10 mile trek is easy, but again very rewarding. There area however a few challenging crossings where the trail isn't very wide and you could slide down a ways if you are not careful. Also, the trail from the bridge down to the water is a challenge. Lots of hikers, campers, and pan handlers.


1 month ago

hiking

Pretty awesome trail which got shades, water and different sceneries.


1 month ago

It is nice trail.The river is clear. Kids like it.


1 month ago

hiking

Fun trail, nice that it is so wide and so many different ways to go. Just stay kinda by the river and find your way. Keeps it from becoming crowded and a little more serene. Few parts were a little scramble-y but overall easy to moderate....except for the return in mid afternoon sun. Get an early start and bring lotsa water or a hiking filter.


1 month ago

It was a great hike. The terrain was not easy and we lost the trail a couple times.