Bridge to Nowhere Trail

Johnson Corner, California

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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.
100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California

by Allen Riedel (The Mountaineers Books)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson Corner
Length: 10
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: Angeles National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mount San Antonio
Topo Map: Bridge to Nowhere Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

1/14/2012

Nice hike along the San Gabriel River. Many stream crossings ankle to knee high. Got a little wet. Rocky terrain mixed with easy trail hiking. Part of the trail is washed away, or so it appears. This made it hard to stay on track. The following Saturday I went back and made the hike without going into the stream. There are rock and log crossings if you pay attention. The bridge itself is a trip. It is in the middle of nowhere. Great time. Oh yea, go early (sunrise) to enjoy the hike to yourself.

11/14/2009

Great place to hike with a cool bridge at the end where people bungee jump off of. Most of the trail is easy with a bunch of stream crossings. At times though it seems as though you might be lost, but there isn't really any place to go other than the bridge. You can go past the bridge and continue on the hike for quite a bit. Past the bridge though, the trail narrows and is precarious in spots, but is rather quiet and a great place to set up camp for an overnighter. This trail can get crowded and parking is hard to find if you get there late. A lot of people panning for gold on this trail too, but a great summer trail since there are plenty of places to take a dip and cool down.

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