bridge to nowhere

This hike has been on my list for years. I’m so happy to have done it today.

The Bridge to Nowhere, built in 1936, spans the San Gabriel River in Southern California. It was meant to be part of the East Fork Road connecting the San Gabriel Valley with Wrightwood. The road was still under construction when it was washed out during the great flood of March 1–2, 1938. The project was then abandoned, leaving the bridge forever stranded in the middle of what is now the Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

Trail to the Bridge to Nowhere

The only way to navigate the 10 mile round trip is on foot or horseback, and on summer weekends hundreds of people make the trek. It involves multiple river crossings — you will get wet!

A private company now owns the bridge, and offers bungee jumping.

Bridge to Nowhere

Leaping off the Bridge to Nowhere

If you don’t want to leap off the bridge, you can still swing, splash, and jump in the river. There are some deep water holes and plenty of ways to get wet.

Rope swing upstream from the Bridge to Nowhere

I still have stitches in my back, so opted out of full immersion this time. But next time I’ll be getting thoroughly wet, for sure. This has got to be one of my all-time favourite SoCal hikes. I plan to go back again before the summer is out. And maybe even bungee jump :-)

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  1. We are doing this together one day. And we’re gonna jump :)

  2. imagesbyerin

     /  July 8, 2012

    Looks amazing! I’m too chicken to leap off things, but the hike sounds great.

  3. Wow Hashi! When I saw the photos on instagram I was intrigued! Looks just so lovely. I would totally do this walk (perhaps not the bungee jumping though!)

    I have had such renewed enthusiasm for wondering around the bush lately! Love this post so much!

  1. what a year « such wild love

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