East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

#1 of 2 trails in Sheep Mountain Wilderness
East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Azusa, CA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.0 miles 1181 feet Out & Back
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This trip takes you along the banks of the east fork of the San Gabriel River. While the river banks are wooded and quite lovely, most of the trail traverses the rim above the high water line and most of your travel is through scrub brush. The highlight of the hike is a mysterious bridge built over the east fork in 1936, which has no road leading to it. Actually, in the 1930's a road did lead to it, but was swept away by floods in 1938. There are some small trails that lead down to the stream just after you cross the bridge. This is a stunning setting with shear pink tinted granite walls, roaring cascades, and the lovely bridge in the background. Route finding was a bit challenging with many day use trails mixed in with the main trail, washed out sections of trail, and over a half dozen stream crossings (bring waterproof boots even when the water is low). I was also astounded at the number of swimming holes. This place must be a zoo in the heat of the summer!

John Lillywhite
5 days ago

13 Completed0 Reviews

Awesome hiking. Beautiful scenery. Previous rains made for spectacular greenery. Easy hike, but technical in places. Probably not for you if you're afraid of heights. Expect to get your feet wet in the streams.

Portia Mills
8 days ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

So nice.

Maira Torres
9 days ago

7 Completed0 Reviews

King Carrillo
10 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

One of my favorites

Tamela Bandy
10 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

beautiful hike to the bridge to nowhere. easy to lose your way though.

Jessica Chavez
10 days ago

10 Completed0 Reviews

Anthony Polis
11 days ago

31 Completed1 Reviews

I hiked this trail a couple years ago in 80 degree weather and almost passed out from heat exhaustion near the end. It's a great trail, but make sure to bring a lot of water and a hat if you're going on a hot day. If you run out of water and feel symptoms of heatstroke, take a dip in the river for at least 15 minutes and rest for a bit.

Chris Cloyd
12 days ago

16 Completed2 Reviews

Easy hike but cool

Abraham Lopez
12 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

JohnMark-Keylee Lujan
12 days ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

great hike

Joe McIver
16 days ago

9 Completed0 Reviews

doing this hike this weekend can't wait

Joe McIver
16 days ago

9 Completed0 Reviews

look forward to doing this on saturday