Bridge To Nowhere Hike (and beyond)

P1020610For the last few years some friends of mine have been doing a group hike to the Bridge To Nowhere and slightly beyond… And this year was the first year I could make it work.

First off, I’m not usually a big fan of hiking with large groups as you tend not to see too much wildlife, and I like to not impact nature so much, but this trail is so heavily traveled I don’t think it matters, besides, we saw a water snake (tiny), half a dozen squirrels, scores of scattering lizards, some screaming bridge jumpers, many bearded gold prospectors, and a few big horn sheep.

If you don’t know what the Bridge To Nowhere is… It’s a bridge in the middle of nowhere… Goes to nowhere… Was built in the 30s… And there’s a hiking trail that takes you there. And if you want, you can pay who you have to pay, and you can bungee jump from it and scream your head off.

As far as the hike… I have to say it was one of the easier 10 mile hikes I’ve ever done… I get a far greater workout walking around my hoods of Silverlake and Los Feliz… Seriously, besides a few rock scrambles and water crossings, which I’m sure vary in difficulty depending on the water level, it’s really pretty flat… There are a few “more challenging” sections, but still, not so bad…

Honestly, after the bridge is where it started to get less crowded, more interesting, and prettier, and if I ever go back where I plan to venture much further…

Views are many, shade minimum… And there’s plenty of people watching. The water’s cool and I’m sure that’s the main draw of most people on a hot day.

While it’s most certainly rattlesnake country, we didn’t see any, but we did see plenty of parking tickets on vehicles who either didn’t have Adventure Passes or were parked illegally…

Here’s a tip, if there’s a sign that reads “no parking” with arrows going in both directions… Don’t park near it. If the upper lot is full, park below the white bridge and turn off, where we found no such signs, and received no such tickets.

As far as what gear is needed… It’s nine miles to the bridge and back from the top lot, so wear something you can crush loose rocks in for nine miles… And while your feet will most likely get wet, you’ll still want boots or shoes that have the ability to have decent traction even when they’re soaked.  And of course, wear long sleeves and a hat, OR slap on the sunscreen…

Okay, here are some pictures… Happy hiking.

– Quiche Out

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