Hike to the Bridge to Nowhere

Over the past two years, I have met some amazing adventurers who share my passion for the outdoors.  Recently, I decided to join a larger outdoor community and start a Meetup called Shoestring Adventures LA.

For the inaugural Meetup, I organized a hike to the Bridge to Nowhere, a 120-ft arch bridge, constructed in 1936 over the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.  The bridge was meant to connect a passage between the San Gabriel Valley and Wrightwood, until 1938, when a massive flood destroyed the road.  The abandoned bridge remains and has become a local treasure for SoCal hikers and bungee jumpers.

Twelve weekend warriors joined me for the first official Shoestring Adventures LA Meetup.  We began to hike around 8:30AM.

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I really enjoyed meeting everyone who joined the hike.  We had a natural leader who guided us over the river crossings and a fearless puppy mascot who kept our spirits high.  No one complained about going off the beaten path or hiking barefoot down the river.

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By the time we reached the bridge, we were ready for lunch.  We found a sunny spot by the river to refuel and bask like lizards.

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We continued our hike down the river.

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After the hike, a few of us met up at Congregation Ale House in Asuza for burgers and beers.  Rewarding ourselves with a satisfying meal felt like the perfect end to a challenging day hike.

Special thanks to the Weekend Warriors who attended the inaugural Shoestring Adventures LA Meetup.  I enjoyed meeting each of you, and I hope to share another adventure with you soon!

If you are interested in joining Shoestring Adventures LA, please join us at Meetup.com!

Bridge to Nowhere Trail

  • Trailhead Parking:  You must purchase an adventure pass to park at the trail head.  Click here for locations. This is a popular hiking destination, so arrive early for premium parking.
  • Road Trip: About 1 hour from downtown Los Angeles
  • Trail Distance: 10-mi round trip; 900 feet elevation gain
  • Fitness Level: Intermediate
  • What to Bring: Bring lots of water (more than 2 liters).  Wear hiking shoes, but bring water shoes and a towel for river crossings.  In the summer months, bring a bathing suit to swim.
  • Source: Go to Hikespeak.com for trail directions.

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