Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork Trail #8W13
ElevationAscent: 814' 248 m
Descent: -814' -248 m
High: 2,792' 851 m
Low: 2,016' 614 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A great out-and-back to a large solitary bridge.”— Sameera Kommidi
Most of the road is gone now, but the bridge still stands, and is full of bungee jumpers on the weekends. A short trail down from the bridge leads to some top-notch swimming holes, making this a perfect run on a hot, summer day.
The trail along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River to the Bridge to Nowhere is not only one of the best trails in Southern California, but it's also one of the most unique running experiences you'll ever have.
After you leave the crowded (and overused) trailhead area, you'll increasingly find yourself awed by the rugged canyons deep in the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. Multiple river crossings and shaded glens await you on this trek, with the final destination a 130-foot concrete span bridge leftover from an attempt to build a road north through the canyon.
There are some small trails that lead down to the stream just after you cross the bridge. This is a stunning setting with sheer pink tinted granite walls, roaring cascades, and the lovely bridge in the background.
Lots of lizards, huge grasshoppers, chipmunks, Nelson bighorn sheep!
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Land Manager: USFS - Angeles National Forest Office