Bridge to Nowhere

Best Renegade Hike, August 2012

Few hikes in Southern California make one feel as intrepid as the five-mile haul to the Bridge to Nowhere. Nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains above the sleepy town of Azusa, this 120-foot-high arch bridge is a remnant from an unfinished canyon road that washed out during a 1938 storm. The trail winds along (and through) a river, under trees, up cliffs, and past modern forty-niners panning for gold. It’s popular and not particularly steep but can be dangerous after heavy rains. Need more of a thrill? Take a plunge from the bridge, which is also the only state-licensed bungee site in California. » Camp Bonita Rd., Azusa Canyon.