Considered one of Southern California’s best hikes, this 10-mile route, along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, follows an old abandoned road and criss-crosses the river multiple times. The main attractions of this trail are several swimming holes, mines, tunnels, and the iconic 120-foot concrete bridge in “the middle of nowhere” where bungee jumping is allowed. The trail condition is considered to be good and well marked, but the easiest way to stay on track is to follow the water.
What Makes It Great
This is one of the coolest hikes in SoCal, so the “time to complete” has been labeled as full day, so that you can take the time to hike around and see the “bridge to nowhere" as well as all the other cool sites like the many Bighorn sheep that can be found in the area. Be sure to display your Sheep Mountain Wilderness pass in the window of your car. You can obtain this pass at a self-service kiosk at the trailhead.
Who is Going to Love It
The 10 mile hike is a good workout for hikers and will take most of a day at a moderate pace. There's nothing particularly difficult about the hike other than the distance and summer heat. Make sure your pups have plenty of water and it's a good idea to leash them up near the bridge. The views are fantastic. Just be ready for several river crossings along the way!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Take the Azusa Ave / CA-39 exit from 210. Go north 11.8 miles to East Fork Road and take a right onto it. Stay on the road at the fork at 3.3 miles, then continue 1.9 miles to Camp Bonita Road on your left. Follow this road to the end and the trailhead. Make sure you have your Adventure Pass!