Bridge to Nowhere

Azusa Canyon, River

About

The so-called Bridge to Nowhere was built in 1936 as part of a road which was washed out and abandoned, leading for some excellent hiking now. Note that the namesake of this hike is actually on private property, and the company which owns it provides a Bunjie Jumping service, so if you do this hike on a weekend, prepare for a crowd at the bridge (unless you go at a time when the jumpers are not there).

This is the first hike that I’ve written a post about that was part of a large group, I had the pleasure of leading 25 people affiliated with the Advanced Hikes group that I co-lead with several other individuals to the bridge. The dynamics of having a large group made for a lot of fun.

Due to the fact that I was leading the hike, and due to the large amounts of water I didn’t take any pictures on this hike, so this will be a text only recounting of the adventure.

Starting the Hike

Everyone got a bit of a late start, which is never good, but on this hike it didn’t hurt all that much (other than parking). We got to the trail head just after 8 AM, and ended up parking on the road slightly down from the trail head. Once there we got to see the entire herd of people that were going to go jump off a bridge (and there were a lot of them). After getting the cars parked and everyone coordinated, it was time to start heading to the lower bathroom, and the self-issue permit station just down the fire road from the parking lot.

The River

This hike is a little bit unique in Southern California, as there are number of water crossings which must be performed. I will say that the water was significantly warmer on this excursion than it was the last time I did this hike (on New Years Eve Day ‘13). I don’t think there was a single person who managed to stay dry for the duration of the hike, although there were a few people who made a valiant effort.

The water crossings pose a unique challenge, as you can attempt to keep yourself dry by balancing on a number of strategically placed logs and rocks, or you can just jump in the river (it is only 2-3 feet deep in most places) and cross that way.

The Hike

This hike is challenging due to how long it is (roughly 10 miles round trip), but would be very simple if it were a shorter distance, and if it provided more cover from the sun. Anyone looking to do this hike should prepare themselves for a lot of sun, a lot of water, and distance. I brought 3 liters of water with me, plus a liter of gatorade, and consumed it all by the end of the hike (but I also drink more than most people do).

Afterword

There isn’t much to really say about the Bridge to Nowhere, it is a hike that I would highly recommend for most people to attempt, with the caveat that you will need to be prepared for the distance, and the sun. This hike is great as the elevation gains are so minimal, enabling a much larger group of people to succeed on this hike compared to many of the others that are in Southern California.

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