One of my most favorite hikes I’ve done in Southern California to date is the Bridge to Nowhere trail. Only a few miles away from Los Angeles, the hike is about 10 miles out and back for a total of 7 hours, making it more intense than most. But don’t worry, the 120 foot views from the abandoned bridge make the journey so worth it! Here are a few tips to make sure you make the most of the hike!
- Start early. Like, get there right as the sun as rising. It will be worth it I promise! Not only do you get to see the beautiful colors in the sky contrasting with the mountains as you start the hike but you hopefully escape the hottest of afternoon heat and finish up around 2 or 3 pm.
- Wear a swim suit. Remember when I said its going to get hot in the afternoon? There are plenty of deep swimming holes along the creek where you can find some shade and cool off along the way.
- Wear shoes you don’t care about getting wet. Sometimes that said creek gets to be pretty annoying and get in the way in this hike. You have to cross back and forth a few times, some places are easy with rocks or logs to walk over but you’ll have to suck it up and get your feet wet a few times as well. An extra pair of dry socks isn’t a terrible idea either.
- Bring an extra drink (at least one extra for the group to share) and more snacks than you think you’ll need. Once you get out to the bridge, you’ll more than likely want to hangout there for a while and enjoy the views. You can even bungee jump off the bridge if you coordinate it before! We had a little picnic and watched the jumpers for a while, but I found that I could have used like 2 more bags of turkey jerky to get me through to the end.
- Go during the summer or fall seasons. Make sure to do your research on weather conditions before heading out and maybe screen shot the directions. We found we lost service as we got deeper into the mountains and almost missed the turn off for the lot. See this article for detailed driving directions!
- Oh, while this is technically a subset of the point above, don’t forget to pick up you adventure pass before the day of heading out since you’re getting an early start.