Explore the most popular river trails near Azusa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike. Is more difficult than it looks, especially for people who did not care enough water or sun screen. Started ~10am and was back at the car by 3pm.

What a beautiful trail! It was an easy hike (minus the heat towards the afternoon hours) When we got back to the car it was was well over 100 degrees. So with that said, preparation is key! If you have a dog, make sure you bring booties to protect his feet because the last mile is exposed to direct sunlight and the hot ground will burn his pads. Also, bring enough water! Whether it be 3+ liters or a filter. The hike to the bridge is worth it. So pretty. We were lucky enough to have the swimming holes to ourselves under the bridge for about two hours.

There is a lot of trash in the beginning (diapers, tampons, etc) Pack in and pack people!! Let’s protect our environment. That’s my biggest pet peeve with hiking anywhere within driving distance of the city.

A little less interesting than I thought it might be. If you look carefully at the topo map (I didn't), you'll see the trail is about 20 feet above the river most of the way. Not exactly a wilderness, either, as you can't swim because of periofic discharges from the dam upriver. But, it's not too far from civilization, and you have some decent views of the canyon.

Not hard at all, nice scenery

Not the hardest trail, plenty of shade and wind. It wasn’t hot at all because of the wind and shade there was on the trail. However, when I went there was a sign that said the park was closed, but I went in anyway and no one said anything to me. No ticket, no nothing. If you’d like to see the river, the trail gets down to it further along the trail. There are also bags to clean up after your dog, but you have to carry it until you get back to the beginning because there are no trash cans along the trail.

Great hike Beautiful scenery it was very HOooooT day it got to 111°

I have driven my bike from azusa to seal
beach about three time a total of 52 miles I love every bit of the ride

One of my favorite hikes. Always nice to be away from the city life. Peaceful! Only bad thing is the trash and graffiti.

loved the hike. my dog loved it as well

awesome hike,i love this hike and do it as often as i can. the pools are great on a hot day like today clear water which makes it a great treat.. one of these days i will fine gold!! lol

What great way to spend a Saturday. Went up to the bridge with the bungie crew. It's a faster pace than we typically hike but they were a great crew a wonderful people. I ended up doing 3 bungie jumps then we took our time coming back to the trailhead. The water crossings were a welcome treat in the heat. Beautiful scenery and great variety in the trail, some boulder passings, sandy stretches and rocky terrain. Worth doing again if I was a local resident.

Could be a complex hike, but altogether worth it!

Love This trail
Been doing it for years but Saturday was the my first time across to a Black Bear about a mile and a quarter before finishing my way back to the parking.
my Best time doing it is 3 hrs 10 miles

Best time to Start at 4am or 5am

Nice hike, we got on the trail at 1pm made our own way a few times checked out some old mine, put in around 14 miles all together from parking the car about 3/4 mile from trailhead. Bring sandals extra socks small towel go explore, go in the water, awesome time .
Got back to car around 8

Got an Adventure pass for $5 the night before at a Big 5. Arrived at 5:30am and there was plenty of parking spots right at the trail head. Used All Trails pro and when I got a little off course it helped bring me back on track. Very few people this early and great temperature. Once we got to the Bridge to Nowhere I ended up bungee jumping for $120. Great fun and one more thing off the bucket list. The way back was a lot more traffic and more direct sun light. Know your limits as I saw some people that looked like they were about to have a heart attack. I made it there with no problems but by the time I got to the car I was completely worn out. We actually made it up there without getting wet at all but on the way back the water was refreshing to walk in.

Long fun hike. Start early and bring plenty of water (I went through ~2.5 L and wished I had more). An Adventure Pass is needed for your car. You've got to cross the river a few times, but the crossings are fairly easy. I brought hiking sandals just to make that part easier, and it was nice to not have to worry about getting socks wet. Some parts of the trail are sandy or rocky, and you've got to scramble up some rocks in a few places but no part of the hike felt really "hard". Once you get to the bridge, you can watch some bungee jumpers (or do it yourself!) or head down the rocks into the river. You can swim or wade in the river and swimming holes that are down there. Water was very cold but very refreshing in the hotter part of the day. Once we started heading back in the afternoon we wished we were still up in the cold water and took a couple of stops at the river to cool off.

I didn't start feeling tired until the last couple miles, but it was doable! It took us about 5 and a half hours round trip, not including the break we took in the river when we got to the bridge.

We saw a few dogs on the trail, but I don't think I would have brought mine as the trail is long and hot, and there's a few narrow spots and a lot of rock climbing and river crossing, which might have been too much for a small dog.

On the way back we saw a couple of bighorn sheep but from far away, high on the opposite mountain. Wish they had been closer!!

bucket list hike and one of my fav places

It was a great adventure. we encountered with big horn ships. They were not afraid of people, they even posed for some pictures! Definitely will go again.

Good place to challenge yourself. You will have to cross the river a few times to get to your destination and some parts are pretty steep but the view is worth all of it.

Pretty cool trail. You get a little of everything. Uphill creek crossing, rocks, hot sun, tress. Heavy traffic due to bungee jumping at the bridge.

There were some places that were tough in crossing. Of course, we had our 6-year-old daughter who made it there and back. Too dangerous for her to climb down to the water pools at the bridge. It took us 3 hours to get to the bridge with her, but adults only can make in 2, I presume. I would suggest getting there early. Not a good idea to start the hike in the afternoon. It will be dark on the way back and it can be tricky trying to find your way back at night.

Great views! Bring swim clothes for the swim holes at the end. Lots of people are there on the weekend. Bring lots of water! It can get hot!

great hike

Second time there. It’s best to get there early otherwise you’ll have to park far and walk up to the trail head. Both times we started our hike at 7am. First time we hiked on the main trail and arrived over the bridge. The second time we ended up taking the trail that got us there under the bridge. The trail was a more difficult to figure out but was ultimately more scenic and worth it. We ended up finding a hidden waterfall with only two other people there. I’m guessing not many people know about it. The hike itself is not to difficult.

No way this is “moderate”. I suppose if you could easily stay on a main trail it might be moderate, but it’s a constant searching and scrambling across creeks and rocks to find the trail. We ended up doing nearly 12 miles in an 8 to 4 excursion. Lots of fun, but exhausting.

This is an extremely hard trail, but completely worth it. The waterfall was amazing! We got lost a couple of times and we ended up doing 14 miles round trip. If it wasn’t for the miners we never would of found the trail that leads to the waterfall!

Good trail. A bit hot today, but we enjoyed it. We went past the Bridge to Iron Fork camp. It wasn’t easy!

When we first got there around night time we carried all our gear to the camp ground set up tent and got some good rest.around 6:30am we set out on the trail on a good pace we had three kids with us age ranging from 9-12 each with there own camel pack and snack.we got the bridge me and my girlfriend both bungee jumped and after that kept walking to the other side of the bridge and jumped in the water with the kids.hiked back and did it again the next day.

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