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La Verne, California

Hike to the Bridge to Nowhere

10 Miles Total - 900 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Ben Lertsakdadet

10-mile round-trip hike with about 900 feet in elevation gain. You’ll have to cross the river a few times. Be careful when stepping on rocks and fording during rainy months. Enjoy the swimming hole and picturesque bridge once you arrive at the end of the trail. Duration: 5-6 hours.

The trail on this 10-mile hike is predominately slow and steady, but can be a little rocky, so be prepared to scramble. When you’re fording the river, the water level can range from knee to chest high, especially in the wet months. A good pair of waterproof hiking boots is helpful, but water shoes can offer value when the water is really high. You will run into river crossings early in the trail, so just remember that you’ve got quite a bit to hike afterward.

Keep in mind that this trail gets popular especially during the summer months. It’s best to arrive early if you’re hoping to park in the lot. If you arrive a little too late, you can park along the road near the trailhead.

To start the hike, head up the dirt road toward Heaton Flats Trail Camp. From here, you’ll continue on the Bridge to Nowhere Trail. The only junction you’ll pass is at the camp. Keep heading up the Bridge to Nowhere Trail and be prepared for a few river crossings as well as a bit of boulder scrambling.

Once you reach the bridge, reward yourself with the swimming hole that’s a steep 0.1 miles downhill once you pass the bridge. Take a dip and relax before your hike back.

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Unique SoCal Hike

This is a fun and unique hike unlike any other in Southern California. The hike it self has a bit of everything ranging from up hill climb and down hill climbs to river crossing and switchbacks. At the halfway turnaround point you will find a literal bridge to nowhere, a bridge that ends in the side of a mountain, complete with multiple swimming holes below to enjoy your afternoon lunch by. Do be warned that this is a long and STRENUOUS and VERY EXPOSED. Bring lots of water and plan on stopping at the bridge to rest and enjoy some lunch.

Classic East Fork Trail!

Really fun hike pretty rugged! Two ways to get to the bridge you either follow the river all the way or hike along side the mountain other than that I love how it runs right by a river the whole trail! So be sure to bring the lifestraw just in case you run out of water!

Go Bungee Jumping Here

It's on BIG Adventure. First, you navigate the winding road to get here, then it's a 5 mile one way in and out trek along the East Fork Trail, and finished with an epic view from the bridge looking 90 feet below into the gorge. It's unbelievable to see such a beautiful bridge going "No Where" into the side of a mountain. Read the full details about our experience here - http://mrandmrsadventure.com/2013/12/11/bungee-jumping-off-the-bridge-to-nowhere-with-bungee-america/

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