Bridge to Nowhere Azusa, CA Photographic Journey

The bridge to nowhere is one of the hikes I have been wanting to do for over a year. The bridge history is as follows: the bridge was originally built to be a road that connects Azuza through the mountains to another highway, so the road was built all the way up to the bridge, then it was wiped out in the flood of 1938. After this no one tried to rebuild the road and so the bridge is now only accessible through a 10 mile roundtrip hike. When you turn the corner and see the bridge for the first time it is really a strange site and a beautiful bridge. To think that it has really never been driven on and was built only to be abandoned is pretty interesting. Read on for the full hike recap told through photography and make sure to check out the bridge to nowhere yourself, it is worth the hike.

Bridge to nowhere black and white

Starting Out

We set out on our path to the bridge to nowhere at around 10 o’clock in the morning. The parking lot was packed so we had to park down the road, but after a short walk we got to the start of the trail, a road closed sign.

The start of the bridge to nowhere hike

There was eight of us in our group and one of the members was carrying his kid during this adventure. We started out on the trek and almost immediately got to a river crossing. It had been raining the night before and was humid, but the river crossing was not dangerous and the water was nice and cool. The rock to the left of Zac looks like a face in the below picture.

Hiking the bridge to nowhere Azusa

The Trail

The path is pretty much left up to your imagination, but the general rule is that if you are confused where to go, follow the river and try to stay towards the right, the upper path.  Along the way we crossed over many broken pieces of the road, that showed where it had originally run.

Old Road from the bridge to nowhere

The terrain is easily accessible but does have a lot of rocks that you have to walk over and that slow down the trip. There is also a decent amount of up and down over the terrain.

Hiking the bridge to nowhere

After about 2 and a half miles there is a little waterfall that greets you before you leave the foliage for a mostly barren second half of the hike.

Small Waterfall on the way to the bridge to nowhere

The Bridge

This hike is truly beautiful the entire time, whether you are crossing the river, looking down at the canyon below or walking through the trees, there is a ton to see at every turn. When we finally arrived at the bridge there was at least 50 people there watching and partaking in the bungee jumping that is one of the highlights of this hike. Check out the video below.


No one in our group was prepared with the cash needed to participate in this adrenaline rush (they don’t take card), but I’m sure next time we will try it out.

Bungie Jumping off the Bridge to nowhere 2

It was really fun to watch people do it as it looked completely crazy but a once in a lifetime experience for sure. There was a line the entire time we were there, which makes me wonder how often they actually do this, every weekend or through the weekdays as well.  It cost $80 dollars to make the jump in 2013.

The dudes and the bridge to nowhere

After time for lunch and exploring we went down and swam in the river. You can jump off rocks and just kick back and relax for as long as you like before heading back on the trip home. This bridge and the area surrounding it is private property and they have a lot of signs to warn you of that as well.

Bride to nowhere from above

Solar Rainbow

On the way back we saw a weird almost rainbow like circle around the sun which was definitely an experience as well.

Solar rainbow

The hike back is mostly downhill but still takes 2 to 3 hours as you have to cross back and forth over the river and walk along the rocks, however it is really a nice trip back and has a lot to look at and take in.

Hiking back from the bridge to nowhere

Wildlife and Berries

On the way back we saw everything from rattlesnakes to wild raspberries and even stopped for another swim in the river. This is a popular hike and we passed probably about 100 people on the way there and back. It is especially popular in the summer since you are in the water a lot and can use that to cool off.

Wild rasberries

Rattlesnake

All in all this hike took us around 7 hours and was a blast from start to finish. The hike is a moderately difficult trip with about 10 miles and 1000 feet of elevation, but I would say most people could do it. If you are in the LA area it is really worth a trip, the hike is completely beautiful the entire time and the bridge is a great ending for the hike. Make sure to bring your  cash so you can jump off of it, and also remember to bring your swimming trunks so you can partake in all the great river pools.

Under the bridge to nowhere

Check out the rest of the pictures and leave me a comment. If you have done this hike before I would love to hear your thoughts on it as well.

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  • Daisy

    Josh, I just wanted to thank you for this amazing and incredible website you have made. I love the outdoors and thanks to your website I can discover many adventures to explore now. Thanks again 😀

    • JoshMc

      Daisy,

      I really appreciate the kind words! I am trying my hardest to provide a unique blog that helps others realize there is a lot to see in their own area, without even having to leave the state. I am glad you enjoy it and let me know how it goes if you ever go on any of the adventures!

  • Mark M

    Great article, and lovely photos! I just stumbled upon your site an am an instant fan. Thank you for sharing such great scenery and info!

    • Thanks for the comment! I am glad you found my site!

  • Bungee jumping there is ridiculously fun – I highly recommend it. Here’s a video from when we went: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBiFfN4skFY

    • Great Video looks like you guys had a blast!

  • Doug

    Josh, I just wanted to compliment you on your narration. Great pics too. I grew up in So Cal and rode motorcycles in Azusa Dam area but never knew about the bridge. I now live in Tennessee and loved looking at your pics and comments. If i get back to So Cal i hope i can see it for myself.
    Thanks

    • Thanks for the comment! I am glad you liked the blog. Def a fun place to visit if you come back this way!

  • DylonW

    Hey Josh, Great write up but your map appears to be seriously flawed. It directs to a destination quite different than all other BTN links. I input my starting point in OC and end up near Lancaster. Just an FYI.

    • Thanks for the comment! I tried to update it so hopefully it is better.

  • JS

    How cold and how high do you think the water levels for the river crossings on the Bridge to Nowhere trail will be at this time of year? Is there a way to stay along the river, but avoid getting wet at all? Are there trails upward from the river, so that we can still see it?

    • Thanks for the comment! I apologize I am not sure how high the water will be right now. I would say that it is pretty hard to not get a little wet on this trail as the trail does go back and forth across the water.

    • Angela

      I did this hike several times 10+ years ago and did the bungee jumping a couple times from there as well. (Looks like they’ve grown their operation and even put a tent up now!) To answer your question about the water levels, when I went, they were usually ankle to knee deep. Although I went once after an El Niño season and I was shoulder deep in water (I’m 5’2″) and our group had to hold hands to cross the many rivers so we wouldn’t get washed away. With such a dry season this year, I reckon the water level will be low. You will get at least your shoes wet.

  • Betty Blue

    Gorgeous photos, & nice one of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake. Surprising you were able to get such a great shot of it. Out of the different rattlesnakes we have here in So Cal, those are the most aggressive, by far, but still try to avoid us humans. I almost picked one up in some overgrown grass & weeds in my backyard once, thinking he was dog poop because he was coiled up & so darkly colored. Thankfully, it was cold weather season still, so he was slow & I realized my mistake in time. Don’t really know why I just told you that story. Sorry! Haha!

    • Haha thanks for the comment and for the story!

  • BOB

    Nice pictures. This trail looks alot different then it did in the 1960s when I used to hike and camp in the area. We could be up there for a week and see no one. Too busy for me, but I still miss the area. Hell of alot less people in Nevada.

    • I know what you mean! A lot of the great trails are getting pretty popular now and busy. I am sure it was a great hike back in 1960’s as well!

  • Thanks for the comment! I am glad you had fun on the hike!

  • ThatsRoxie

    I have done the hike a few times in the last few years but we are heading out again on May 10th! This time we are planning to hike past the bridge by a couple miles closer to the narrows. So excited! Love your pics and the write up. 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment and let us know how it goes!

  • Glory

    Plan to do this hike tis weekend and I’m super excited! Only thing its gonna be a bit chilly and with all the river crossings- any ideas to keep form getting my feet completely drenched?

    • You will most likely get your feet pretty wet, it is hard to avoid that. If you do a lot of hiking in the water you might consider something like this that drains water out relatively fast http://www.columbia.com/mens-drainmaker-ii-shoe-BM2552.html

      • Glory

        Yes! You are so right. I did this hike and tried not getting my feet wet, and that was my biggest mistake. Eventually I gave in and got my boots wet. I’m going to do this hike again with shoes like you mentioned . Thank you Josh!!

        • Sweet! Glad you got wet and had fun!

  • angel

    how much for jump the bridge let me know thanks i need to know

  • sassygirl

    Great Blog. Thanks for providing so much info.

    • Thanks for the comment!

  • Ray Scrafield

    This is a hike I have always wanted to do but now, at my age, I’m afraid my time is passed. But, thanks to you and your pics, I can now at least have some idea in my mind what I missed. Thanks for putting this blog together. You are hiking some of the great spots that I never knew existed.
    Ray

    • Thanks for the comment and the kind words about the site and photos! Glad you enjoyed the post, it is a great hike!

      • Ray Scrafield

        Actually, I think I could make it but my wife wouldn’t be able to go and I would feel very guilty leaving her behind. We have been married for 46 years and until a couple of years ago, she was a strong hiker. Not so much anymore.

  • ILLXXXX

    The best hike so far within LA county

  • Bryson Nicabar

    I was there in 1978. No bungy jumping, no commercialism, just an occasional backpacker. further up the canyon, in the creek was a natural jacuzzi formed by the rocks that was very invigorating.