East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

MODERATE 700 reviews

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.

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 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.

4 days ago

This hike was intense! It honestly wasn't too difficult of a hike, but the added challenge of heat and multiple river crossings did make it interesting! I recommend bringing a water purifier to help you stay hydrated continually, instead of packing in tons of water. One downside to this hike is there are so many different trails to take, and many of them end in surprise dead ends. However, most still lead to the ultimate goal: the Bridge. A great place to picnic there. I would recommend wearing shoes you don't mind getting wet, and clothes you can take a dip in.

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10 days ago

I loved this hike. There is so much to see along the trail, it's almost like you've entered an entirely new land faraway from civilization. The hike is longer than the app lists (it's maybe about 11-12 miles?)

As long as you pace yourself, have decent shoes, and lots of water this hike should be relatively easy for individuals who enjoy hikes. Lots of streams, some uphill walking. The first part of the hike will be shady underneath the trees, the rest is more open. After getting to the bridge, make sure you have cash if you want to try bungee jumping. Lots of people were doing it when we were there. You can also go down towards the stream underneath the bridge to get a better view of the bungee jumpers but it's a bit steep. Overall, a great hike that I recommend highly.

10 days ago

This was a Great, Fun and beautiful scenic hike. A lot of water crossing, so be prepared to get wet up to your knees. There was so much to see, I'll definitely go again.

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11 days ago

not easy, but very beautiful. lots of cool ( cold ) watet crossings.

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11 days ago

Intermediate. Fun fun trail! It's about a 11 mile hike, so roughly 6-7 hours but worth the scenery. There are a few tricky trails but as long as you follow the river, you won't get lost. Don't forget to look up so you can see the beautiful view, rams and birds. The river crossing is fun so I'll do it about 4-5 times. The bridge was awesome just to see it in the middle of nowhere! Enjoy!

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11 days ago

Really fun trail! I loved crossing the river multiple times, it felt amazing! The bridge at the end is really cool too see along with the bungee jumpers! Hike to the bottom of the bridge for the perfect picnic by the river spot! It took us about 6 hours round trip!

11 days ago

Intermediate. Great scenery on the way and nice payoff. Saw rams, lizards and birds. Shorts better for river crossing(6-7 times)

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12 days ago

Great scenery! Beautiful view of the river! However, some areas need up keeping; the shrubbery was overgrown. Also, some portions of the trail were covered by rock slides, which narrowed the trail making it a bit dangerous. CAUTION! But, don't forget to look up; you might see some rams.

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12 days ago

very fun adventure. The swimming hole is amazing

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13 days ago

Beautiful hike with a unique feature. Parking was already packed at 9am on a Saturday, but the hike was enjoyable and very scenic. The trail can be a bit tricky tricky to decipher. You do cross the river several times, so while you can barefoot it, having a pair of sandals to switch into definitely helps. There was also a fair amount of poison oak near the river, so keep an eye out for it. Don't forget your water, sunscreen, food, and adventure pass. Enjoy!

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