Bridge to Nowhere Hike


Hike Reports, LA / SoCal Trails / Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

On July 19, I finally conquered the Bridge to Nowhere hike in Azusa, CA.  This is a 10 mile hike that I was told was a bit difficult, but after talking to my boss, he assured me it’s fun and easy and mostly shady until the end.  I planned to go with my coworker, Duy, and convinced one of my gfs to go with me.  She was hesitant and kept warning me she was a chicken, but it all went very well.  The hike was estimated to be a minimum of 6+ hours, but we finished in 5.5 hours.  It’s really not that bad.

Duy picked us up around 8:15 and we got there and parked by 9:30ish.  We swung by the liquor store at the bottom of the mountain to get a parking pass ($5) before heading up.  The drive up the mountain must have taken a good 20 mins or so, and it was very curvy.  I get a little car sick so I tried to keep my eyes close.  Well, by the time we started, it was 9:42am, & we reached the trail head, stopped by the disgusting restroom and headed off into the wilderness by 9:55am.  From the parking to the beginning of the trail, it’s still like a good mile trek.

We must have crossed 7 rivers one way, some big, some small.  The third river was the first one that’s more challenging.  I heard you used to have to get wet and literally walk through the river, but I guess with our drought here, the water level has significantly gone down so we just jumped on rocks across the river.  The water at the more shallow part also looked really clear and pretty. =)

The hike was very easy in terms of elevation.  We chose a great day to go since it was cloudy almost the entire time.  It did start sprinkle a little bit when we were walking through the open part with absolutely nothing over our heads for a mile around us.  Since we were already there, we figured we’ll just tough out the drizzles, and good thing we did cause it didn’t last long.

6 miles later, we got to the bridge.  I gotta say, I was a bit disappointed.  I mean….. that’s it…?  It was nothing special, aside from people jumping off the bridge.  Bungee jumping just isn’t something on my bucket list.

The hike back kinda sucked cause my feet were starting to hurt, it got a little warmer, and we missed some of the turns we took on the way over.  But you’re basically headed in one direction the whole time and there’s no exact trail at parts of it, so it wasn’t bad picking creating another trail back. We saw a mountain sheep or something, but I heard it’s pretty common.  I have a pic of it below but it blends so well it’s hard to see.

By the time we got back to the car, we hiked a total of 12 miles.  I have a Fitbit zip to track the my miles/calories/steps… so this hike burned about 2500 calories in 28k steps.

One the way there..

The Beginning.  On the way to the trailhead. IMG_1945_copy IMG_1943 IMG_1946 IMG_1947 IMG_1948 IMG_1949 IMG_1950 IMG_1952 IMG_1954 IMG_1956 IMG_1957 IMG_1961 IMG_1963 IMG_1965 IMG_1966

We made it!

Bungee jumpinggggg We did it! So proud of u! IMG_1977 IMG_1978 IMG_1981 IMG_1984 IMG_1989 IMG_1990_copy

Going back…

The water's so clear and pretty =) Clear, semi-clean water Mountain sheep or something IMG_1996

  

 

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