Bridge to Nowhere Hike, Southern California

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After seeing that the bridge to nowhere is one of Modern Hiker’s best hikes in the LA area, we put it on the list of places we had to check out. The idea that this hike leads to a bridge that hasn’t had a road to it for over 70 years is immediately interesting and is worth every step of the 10 mile round trip hike in order to see people bungee jump off of it once you arrive. We set out on this hike at around 10 o’clock last Sunday. Read on for the full review.

When we arrived at the parking lot it was completely full and we ended up having to park about a quarter mile down the road, so make sure that you arrive early in order to grab parking as this is a popular hike. The hike itself is not to difficult, however the sheer fact that it is over 10 miles of walking will keep some people off the trail. I would say that if you are in moderate shape you should be able to complete it with just a little soarness the next day. The hike starts right at the road closed sign to the upper right of the parking lot.

On the way there you will have to cross the river atleast 5 times. The night before we went there had been a decent amount of rain, so the water was flowing pretty good; however there was no real dangerous parts, the worst thing that could happen is that you will get completely wet. This is a great hike to do during the summer for that reason as you will be in and out of the water during the whole hike.

The trail itself is not well marked, but there was a lot of people on it when we went, and as long as you stay on the river and follow the beaten path you should be able to make it there with no problem.

After about 3.5 miles the trail starts to head up the hill, make sure you migrate away from the water and up the hill during this part as it will take you right onto the bridge while the other way will wind you around and have you climbing over rocks for a while before arriving at the base of the bridge and still having to climb up to it. The bridge itself is around 190 feet tall so you want to stay on the upper part in order to not have to climb up at the end.

When you finally arrive it is an amazing site. The bridge itself is huge and in great shape. It is crazy to think it was built and then abandoned after the rains washed out the road over 70 years ago. There was a lot of people on the bridge all lining up to bungee jump off of it. This was a crazy experience as it looked like people would spring back and hit the bridge every time. The bridge only takes cash or else a couple of our group was going to try it. I however am not a huge fan of heights so I was cool with watching from the sidelines.

The trip back was downhill most of the way with lots of river crossings. We stopped multiple times to swim in the water which was cold and refreshing. All in all this is a totally amazing hike. I would say it is one of the better ones I have been in in this area as there is so much to see along the way, water to swim in and a huge bridge at the end that leads nowhere. If you are in the area make sure to put it on your list, it is worth the trip.

Oh there is also a cool little waterfall to see on the way there, as you know we are big fans of waterfalls.

Duration: 5 hours and 40 minutes

Length: 11.6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Trail map: Click Here

Check out the rest of the pictures below and let us know in the comments if you have done this hike and enjoyed it.

About Josh

My name is Josh and I am a fan of the outdoors. On the weekends you will find me hiking or trying to complete any of the numerous adventures I have on my list. I live in Southern California and love the deversity that allows me to have in my daily life. I am part of the OutdoorPros Adventure Team. I also love photography and you can find me blogging on my California Travel Blog or Seek the Sunrise.


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