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Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 9.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Baldy, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fly fishing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,276 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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forest

river

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waterfall

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historic site

This trail requires an Adventure Pass. This pass can be bought at many small shops in the area. Several hikers have reported getting ticketed when parking along the road leading up the the trailhead. Please note that although the area/bridge are private property, it is open to hikers. 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 can be 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). There are many swimming holes. 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 the San Gabriel Mountains, 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. Plan on getting your feet wet and bring bug repellent.

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private property
27 minutes ago

Great hike....we really enjoyed. Start early morning that’s recommended to get parking or else you might get ticket or car will be towed. Nice scenery and enjoyed crossing river and always take the route which goes uphill for shorter route.

hiking
8 hours ago

Not a review but a question.... is there accessible PARKING after the COVID shutdown on the 7/1?! I have looked everywhere and cannot find a straight answer. Just need to know before my fam dose the 4am hour drive!

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11 hours ago

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scramble
22 hours ago

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rocky
2 days ago

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3 days ago

Trail is very easy but very long. Great place to take a dip in past the bridge. Sad thing is that people just leave their trash and there’s a bit of graffiti.

hiking
4 days ago

Best hike I’ve been on in LA! River was cool and refreshing, bring water shoes! The hike was interesting, lots of trees, flowers, rocks, climbing, ridges and great views! Plus bungee jumping off the bridge at the end! And swimming in the river! Highly recommend. It was pretty hard though! Bring food!

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rocky
5 days ago

A great trail! I went on this hike to do bungee jumping and it was just awesome. There were about 4-6 streams we had to cross and a lot of opportunity to relax and swim once you reach the bridge. There is about a mile towards the end where there is incline and no coverage but overall very moderate and doable for anyone. Highly recommend!

hiking
5 days ago

Trail was great- smooth easy hike with a few we river crossings 5-6, and not challenging incline wise, all very smooth climb. We got lucky today and it was cloudy almost our whole trek and 75°. Jumped in off the rocks at the top just past the bungee area and it was perfect water temp too- not freezing like I had anticipated. Many people, and we got a $53 ticket from LA County a Sheriff for “no parking” on the road leading up- along with 100’s of other cars, despite having an annual adventure pass. Huge bummer. Other than that- great hike.

Great Hike Fun for Dogs also

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rocky
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

We arrived at 630am and parking was filling fast. The trail isn't steep or very difficult but there are some rock scrambles and many stream crossings. I should've brought a trecking pole or stick since I fell in the water once. When we got to the end, we had a great time jumping off rocks into the deeper parts of the stream. You'll love it!

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! The clear water river is just amazing! It worths every single minute of trail I would say. Me and my wife felt lost in the trail a few times but it is really just a matter of following the river. I would definitely recommend not decking a lot of water before getting there because the restrooms are impossible to be used. I would also get there very early in the weekends. We got there at 6:50am and did not managed to find a spot in the parking. There are some available spots along the road though.

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike for a hot day, the water feels amazing when you’re crossing in the heat. Exposed at the end, but getting to that bridge is something else. Lovey place to take a dip in the river too.

Holy hikers!! This trail was PACKED! Had to park about 3/4 of a mile from the trailhead due to getting a late start. The hike is a mild incline with nice scenery changes. River crossings were a plenty and highly sought after due to the heat of the day. The last stretch to get to the bridge was long and dry (with no access to water). There were tons of people at the bridge watching the bungee jumpers. People also decided to stop at precarious places on the side of the rocky scramble to stop and take photos. All in all the trail was great. People on the trail were good. Traffic on the trail was poor and the trash left behind by hikers and campers was devastating. Pack your trash out!

hiking
6 days ago

My girlfriend and I decided to try out this trail for the first time with our dogs. It was a moderate trail, it was marked for the most part but there were a few times were we had to reevaluate our steps and confirm the route with our downloaded map. There were 3 parts where the trail got pretty sketchy/narrow- to the point where you have to walk carefully close to the mountain and watch your step to avoid falling the the side of the mountain. The only one that I would say was pretty scary was once you get to the bridge you have to cross a small and narrow path to actually get down to the water. My friend got a little spooked as she tried crossing but it could of also been because we had to pass with the dogs and had not had lunch. But I’ll share a picture of that area . I find the trail to be beautiful with all around amazing views. And the water is from start to finish;You don’t need to get to the bridge to find a nice spot to swim but I mean it’s fun to be able to get to the end point. For the most part it was clean but there were a few been bottles and wrappers! ( COME ON PEOPLE! - LETS TAKE CARE OF MOTHER NATURE. ) if you bring it take it back with you. I recommend this trail for a fun adventure that doesn’t look like your in LA. Oh and we recorded 11.9 miles using the all trail app not 9.3 miles

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7 days ago

Meh. I’ll give the destination a 4/5 because it is a pretty cool spot with a bunch of different places to dip in the river. But... the trail kind of sucks. It’s boring, exposed, and long. The bridge isn’t worth going 4.6 miles out and back again... There were honestly plenty of cool spots along the river that would have been just as nice to stop and hang out at that weren’t as far. Also, basically no one was wearing a mask, and there was trash in so many spots. Like come on, do better people!

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7 days ago

(Hiked on 5/28) Perfect hike with the dogs. Constant crossing of crystal clear and refreshing river water. No significant elevation gain so it’s smooth and steady as she goes. There is a long exposure point before the bridge that puts you on the hillside scrambling along shifting rock and dirt and there even is a rope you need to use for safety - makes you feel cool and professional like... The end mark is the bridge of course and you can chill there and take a dip in any of the many pools in and around this area while munching on a delicious and crisp red apple.... Crowded no doubt so be prepared for that - this trail draws the crowds and rightfully so.... Onward RikRask

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