Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail

MODERATE 863 reviews

Bridge to Nowhere via East Fork Trail 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.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog 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). 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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7 days ago

Very fun hike. Amazing views. Not very difficult, but it feels long. Did 9.6 miles in about 6 hours

10 days ago

Beautiful views. Took our group of seven and a dog, 2 hours 40 minutes to reach the bridge. Such a good time.

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11 days ago

crowded, but a lot of fun.

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11 days ago

What a wonderful hike. We did 11 miles.
It was a cloudy day but this trail would be perfect to do when it's hot.
Loved to walk next to the riverbed.
Sometimes you needed to cross it but that was fun.

Didn't really feel like a 1,742 height difference, ilt was easy.

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24 days ago

Fun hike but do yourself a favor and go early and/or on a weekday to avoid the crowds. I have a full trail guide on HikingGuy dot com

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25 days ago

Beautiful scenery on this hike! We went in mid October so the weather was perfect at about 76 degrees. It was just warm enough to get in the water and cross through the river crossings without getting too cold. We crossed through the water each time with our hiking boots on. There is a gradual incline and as you get closer to the bridge, it seems to have a little more climbing. The trail was challenging to find at times and split up higher or you could stay lower by the water but both ways get you to the bridge. Some shade the first 3 miles on the trail but it opens up the last 2 miles so bring sunscreen. After we arrive to the bridge where they were bungee jumping, we crossed and took a very narrow sketchy trail down to the water under the bridge. There were several small water falls and it was so beautiful and peaceful....definitely worth rock scrambling down there. Next time we go, I would like to backpack as we saw tents in different spots a lot the way. Just be careful not to go during rainy season as you could get washed away in the riverbed, which is where several people were camping since it was dry there in October. Loved this hike and can't wait to do it again!

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