The Bridge to Nowhere is a popular hiking destination in the San Gabriel Mountains in Angeles National Forest, 23 miles northeast of Los Angeles. It’s 10 miles round trip that includes half a dozen icy river crossings and beautiful mountain landscapes. It includes the popular bungee jumping destination off the ledge of the Bridge to Nowhere, where you can jump off a 121 foot bridge into the canyon below. The hike can be done by yourself, but if you want to guarantee a spot bungee jumping then it’s best to reserve a space with Bungee America in advance and meet up with them in the parking lot to hike in together as a group.
Bridge To Nowhere Hike
The wake-up call is early and you need to meet your group before sunrise at the East Fork Trailhead. A personal perk of being up so early was watching the sunrise over the mountains as we drove along a palm tree-lined street in Azuza, on our way to the trailhead.
When we finally got to the trailhead after taking a wrong turn, most of our group was already waiting in the chilly early morning air. Make sure to give yourself extra time when driving up to the beginning of the trail, since it’s easy to get lost on the mountain roads. To say it was cold was an understatement. The sun sure took its sweet time coming up over those mountains.
Travel tip: we purposely went in January, since it can get very hot during the summertime and is not ideal hiking weather.
This hike is not for beginners and you should be relatively fit before you attempt it. I honestly think I’m in decent shape, but I ended up injuring my ankle afterward and had to go to the doctor because I was in so much pain. I would recommend going on some practice hikes beforehand.
The biggest surprise for me was the river crossings that were icy cold and at times knee deep. Since we started so early, a lot of the river crossings were completed before the sun was up and it’s best to bring waterproof shoes to wear in the water and also bring extra close-toed shoes and at least two pairs of warm wool socks. There is no such thing as being over-prepared when it comes to keeping your feet warm on this hike.
A few hours in the sun started to peak over the mountaintops, and it felt like liquid gold, I’ve never been happier to feel those golden rays. After we defrosted a bit, we started to head up a hill, and I knew we were almost to the bridge.
Bungee Jumping Off The Bridge To Nowhere
When we reached the bridge, everyone who was bungee jumping was briefed about safety and the proper protocol to jump. Then before you know it the first person is prepped to jump and it’s go time. I have a fear of heights and opted to cheer on my very brave friend, who flung herself not once, but twice off that bridge. For the first jump she did the traditional superman (or superwomen in this case) position, but the second time she did the happy starfish, and jumped off the platform backward. Girl has guts.
Afterward we ate our packed lunches, and watched other brave souls fling themselves off the side of the bridge. There is no provided food, so it’s important to bring plenty of food for the entire day. We started the hike at around 7:30 am and we got back to the car around 4 pm. It was a very long day and I’m grateful for stuffing extra Cliff Bars into my bag at the last moment.
Places To Eat Near The Bridge To Nowhere
There are a lot of fast food spots in Azuza, but if you are looking for something healthy and filling the California Grill Express is perfect for a post-hike meal. If you’re looking for something to warm you up, Ramen Naruto in Azuza is also a solid choice.
Where To Stay Near The Bridge To Nowhere
The night before we made the wise decision of staying in nearby West Covina (of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend fame), since the call time was 7:30am, and driving in from Santa Monica would have been torture. Staying in either West Covina or Azuza is a great call, since the entry to Angeles National Forest is close by.