This hike leads along the vibrant and wild East Fork of the San Gabriel River. With many of the region’s tallest mountains nearby, and lots of high-altitude runoff, this section of the river is one of the lushest unbridled flows of water in the southernmost reaches of California. There is normally enough water that some crossings involve getting wet up to the knees. The Bridge to Nowhere is a spectacular and bizarre piece of architecture, in that no road connects to either side. It was engineered in the 1930s along with a highway that was set to be a route out of the Los Angeles Basin up into the High Desert. In 1938, torrential flooding obliterated the highway, and the bridge is all that remains of a once-grand scheme.
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