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Bridge To Nowhere, Azusa

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The Bridge to Nowhere is an arch bridge that was built in 1936 north of Azusa, California in the San Gabriel Mountains. It spans the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and was meant to be part of a road connecting the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood.HistoryThe East Fork Road was still under construction when it was washed out during the great flood of March 1–2, 1938. The East Fork Road project was abandoned as a result of the floods, leaving the bridge forever stranded in the middle of what is now the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.Parts of the old asphalt roadway can still be found along the East Fork Trail which leads to the bridge, and there are still a number of concrete slabs which formed the foundations of destroyed bridges to the west of the Bridge to Nowhere. Indeed, the sign along the trail 30 feet east of the John Seals Bridge which announces the start of the Sheep Mountain Wilderness is resting on the old roadbed.East Fork TrailCurrently there is a major rock fall at approximately 1.56 miles in along the trail at North 34 degrees 15.440, West 117 degrees 45.053, at 2271 feet altitude which poses a significant safety hazard to climb over. Additionally there is a cornice overhang remaining that is poised to come down and there is more friable San Gabriel granite to the right of the calving which is poised to come down. The United States Forest Service is looking at the problem with the San Gabriel Mountains Trailbuilders to determine what can be done about the hazard. As it is, safe passage through 50 meters of trail covered by the rock fall requires the crossing of the river two additional times.
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  • Beautiful hike across rivers and rock climbing with our dogs. The weather was perfect. At the bridge we saw and ate lunch while watching people bungee jump off the bridge.  more »
  • This is a great hike. Relatively easy and doable for anyone with a moderate amount of experience. The trail is generally readily apparent, although there are sections where there are multiple choices,...  more »
  • The hike is between 8 and 10 miles long, requires crossing a shallow river (0.5 ft - 2 ft depth) roughly 8 times. Finding the path is somewhat difficult. I would suggest going with someone who has alr...  more »
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  • Amazing trail! This is the place we repeatedly return. I like it because 1) it's mostly covered by trees, 2) walking along a river adds extra fun, 3) almost no mosquitos and other annoying bugs, 4). The walk its self is safe but offers moderately challenging spots here and there. Right now (summer 2017) is one of the best time for this trail as the water is abundant and trees lush and shadowy. Arrive early (6 or 7am) and you'll stay cool and comfortable pretty much the entire hike!
  • Went there a few weeks ago and it's really beautiful! Also relaxing too. I would 100% go back and enjoy the walk back to bridge to nowhere. People are nice and supportive. If it's your first time, I'd recommend bringing someone along. I almost got lost at some point but people were there to help along the way :) *Also once you do plan on going, you're going to need an "adventure pass" for parking. You can get it at the mobil gas station before you drive up the mountain. It's only $5.
  • Not a very technical hike but definitely one for the books! You have a chance of seeing a ton of big horn sheep and other wildlife along the trail. It is about 10 miles round trip so make sure you bring water and snacks with you! A lot of reviews share about crossing the creek, you will need to do this multiple times but there are various rocks or logs that aide you in your passage. The best tool for the creek crossing that I could recommend is to bring some hiking poles to help keep yourself sturdy while crossing the creek. Enjoy :)
  • Love this hike! Though it gets crowded during certain times of the year, its never to the point to where I don't feel like going. It actually makes it a lot better for new people who have never done this hike because it can be confusing the first time around. Simple rule of thumb is follow the river upstream, the trail will remain on your right side 95% of the way up. If you get lost follow the water back down stream. Hot months bring shorts to soak in the water and I suggest bringing slippers or extra socks for the 6-7 water crossings you will make.......so your boots can stay dry.
  • Best hike ever!! When people say Your feet will get wet... they are SERIOUS. Bring extra socks. Waterproof shoes will not help, you'll still get your feet wet as the water is high. So I suggest taking them off or another alternative as no one wants to walk around in wet shoes and socks!!! (Fungus alert)
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