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East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere)

Azusa, CA

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East Fork Trail (Bridge to Nowhere) is a 10 mile out and back trail located near Azusa, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Trail may be narrow and high.

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Lytle Creek Middle Fork
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

To get to the Lytle Creek trailhead you have to drive on a dirt road for a few miles. It was a bit rough so it was nice having all wheel drive, though it wasn't mandatory. There is a port-o-potty at the trail head. We started at 730am. The falls are off-trail from Lytle Creek at 2.6 miles in. We should have followed a stream joining up with Lytle Creek on the left (or south side) and then taken that up until it dead ends with the falls. But we accidentally passed the stream and then just took a left (south) at an indeterminate point, you walk off-trail until you meet the smaller stream and then follow it up to the falls. The falls were three-tiered. It was very cool, the water level was extremely low. The low water level allowed us to get the falls much easier, if the water level is too high it might be near impossible to follow the stream up to the water falls (you would definitely be hiking in water shoes). At the bottom of the final water fall the pool was quite deep. Two guys were planning to rappel down the falls, unfortunately we didn't get to see them do it. We ate a snack there and left because we were taking the middle fork trail farther to Icehouse Saddle.

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Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle, Lytle Creek
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

This trail comes up the backside of Icehouse Saddle. To get to the Lytle Creek (Middle Fork) trailhead you have to drive on a dirt road for a few miles. It was a bit rough so it was nice having all wheel drive, though it wasn't mandatory. There is a port-o-potty at the trail head. We started at 730am. We first went to the falls, off-trail from Lytle Creek, which was 2.6 miles in. We should have followed a stream joining up with Lytle Creek on the left (or south side) and then taken that up until it dead ends with the falls. But we accidentally passed the stream and then just took a left (south) at an indeterminate point, you walk off-trail until you meet the smaller stream and then follow it up to the falls. The falls were three-tiered. It was very cool, the water level was extremely low. The low water level allowed us to get the falls much easier, if the water level is too high it might be near impossible to follow the stream up to the water falls (you would definitely be hiking in water shoes). At the bottom of the final water fall the pool was quite deep. Two guys were planning to rappel down the falls, unfortunately we didn't get to see them do it. We ate a snack there and left because we had much more trail to cover.
It was difficult to find the trail again which leads up to Icehouse Saddle. After wandering around a bit we finally found it going straight up a ridge. From here out it was quite a steep, rough trail. Not many people take this trail so it was quite difficult. It had a strong slope to it, not a nice flat cut in the slope so it hurt the outside tendon of my knee facing downhill. The last mile was very steep, and I was very tired by this point. This unkept trail exhausted me, I would not take this trail again to the saddle, only to the falls. We got to Icehouse Saddle at 6.6 strenuous miles in and had lunch. The way down hurt my other outside knee tendon, at least it balanced out. It took 4 hours up (including waterfalls) and 2.5 hours down, we stayed at the saddle for half an hour. Thunder and lightning started right as we were finishing the trail. It rained once we got off the dirt road and stopped when we got to the freeway.
I would have rated it a 1/5 stars if not for the waterfall we stopped at. I hate unkept trails. The saddle rules though, but I'll get to it from the Baldy side from now on.

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Bonita Falls Trail
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14 Completed 2 Reviews

This is one of my most favorite local trails. There's a lot of scrambling and the trail is hard to find but the waterfall is gorgeous. There are some old mines and a couple other waterfalls up on top of Bonita Falls. You can get there by climbing up the left side of the canyon near the falls, however it's extremely steep and precarious. I wouldn't recommend it without proper equipment. The only drawback to this area is all the graffiti. I really wish that people were more respectful and that Forest Service would clean this place up.

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Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle, Lytle Creek
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36 Completed 20 Reviews

Strenuous is right! This hike is strenuous alright, but not difficult. The trail was great with only a few loose rocky parts. For the most part it was almost a constant incline, but really no steep parts. It was definitely less abusive to my poor tender feet than Ice House trail. It starts out exposed and has some more exposed sections higher up, but there is plenty of shade on the rest.
11 miles doesn't seem that far, but it feels far after you've done it. If you go in summer go early and bring plenty of fluids. I brought 4 liters and ran out 2 miles from the trailhead, so did 2 others of the 5 I hiked with.
The road to the trailhead is rough, but any 2WD with adequate ground clearance can make. Don't leave valuables in your car or truck, as is not uncommon, opportunistic thieves sometimes hit the parked vehicles at the trailhead.
I'll do this trail again when the memory of the climb fades and my feet are less sore.

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Bonita Falls Trail
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

it was a bit of a pain to get there crossing through the rocky path. pretty cold water. . but a beautiful view of the waterfall. hiked with my 5,4, and 2 year old children and the did it all by themselves minus like 2 or 3 parts. . other than the temp of the water and the rocks it is nice. kinda just a place you need to see not party. lol.. happy trailing. ..

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Bonita Falls Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great Hike! Completed on 03/30/14 with 4 adults 2 (5 year olds) and 2 infants in backpacks. As others have said lots of rocks, some trash and a ton of graffiti. Was still an enjoyable hike!

Started off at trail head (unmarked) waded through ankle deep creek and followed the east side of the riverbed in to canyon. Waterfall was fairly easy to find end of hike was steep and slippery but well worth it. My family will be doing this again next spring

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Bonita Falls Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

One of my most favorite hikes! The trailhead can be hard to locate your first time, stay close to the left as you cross over the dry boulders until you see an opening outlined by trees. Continue all the way up to reach the waterfall. Beautiful waterfall, only downfall is the graffiti

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Bonita Falls Trail
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

I came here twice the first time I thought it was amazing.. The waterfall is truly beautiful, however all the trash and graffiti ruined it. I was able to look past all the trash and graffiti because it was such a nice waterfall, but then the second time I went I ran into a tweaker with no teeth, and he refused to put his large dog on a leash when I asked politely if he could. He laughed and said "it was his backyard" while smoking a joint. Pretty gross, I wish the rangers would clean this place up, it's sad to see this.

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Bonita Falls Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

This used to be a great hike but due to all the graffiti and trash it's gone downhill fast. This last Sunday I went and got to the top only to find about 20 or so young adults up there drinking and hanging out. I mean really! it was so crowded and all I could smell was alcohol and smoke. so not cool. If you plan on going with kids I would suggest going early in the day. After about 3 the freaks come out and I don't mean that in a good way.

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Middle Fork Trail to Icehouse Saddle, Lytle Creek
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

A challenging climb particularly in hot conditions, you will need 3.5-4liters of water or alternatively bring tablets to use in the streams. Watch out for the occasional rattlesnake, though they give you plenty of warning! The course isnt well marked so keep an eye out for small rocks that define the route. The view at the top isnt particularly rewarding but the descent offers beautiful views from halfway down onwards. A good climb if you are looking to build stamina in preparation for bigger hikes.

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