HikeSnobs rate this: (3 thumbs if you don’t jump 😜)
Visited: August 11, 2012 & January 28, 2017
Description: Fun hike with river crossings. Bungee jumping available to add to the adventure.
Reservations: Bungee America
Prices: $99 for first jump, $49 for every additional jump
Length: 10 miles roundtrip
Elevation: 900 feet
Duration: 4-6 hours
Terrain: Rocky with at least 6 river crossings on the trail
Parking: Lot. National Forest Pass required.
Best time to go: Spring/Fall
Bring: Camera, lunch, water shoes (or change of shoes), change of clothes, GoPro
Built in 1936, the road to the bridge only lasted 2 years before it was washed out by the 4th largest flood in California history! The bridge itself still remains safely intact today. The roads were never rebuilt so it is only accessible by foot. Now owned by Bungee America, Bridge to Nowhere has become the best spot for a thrilling, heart pounding adventure in Southern California.
HikeSnobs are natural thrill seekers; ready to check things off our bucket list at any opportunity. We were excited to finally cross this from our list. We arrived at the parking lot at 7AM and it was already windy AF. We wondered if the conditions would prevent us from jumping🤔 Spotting our two bungee guides, they assured us everything would be fine as they checked us in. Once everyone arrived, they gave us instructions and we hiked along the trail with our guides leading the way.
You’ll be following the guide at a rapid pace. If there’s a lot of people, 2 groups will eventually form: the second group forms when people are unable to keep up with the faster hikers. The trail should be fairly easy to follow but pay attention because the guides will not be there on the return hike. There will be several river crossings, so say goodbye to your dry shoes now.
The first two crossings weren’t too bad but be prepared for chilly waters. We went at the end of January the second time so the water was extra cold due to winter snowmelt runoff. But the river is SO refreshing if you go during summer. The parts of the river that were waist deep were bone chilling. With the powerful wind and the river current pounding against us, we carefully made our way across. Having experienced the chilling narrows in Zion, this was a piece of cake.
We spotted a few tiny waterfalls right off the trail. Nothing too impressive #waterfallsnob
After crossing the river for the 6th and final time, we spent the next 1.5 miles hiking on the right side of the river. It gave us enough time to warm up in the sun. It wasn’t long before the bridge came into view.
Once we got to the bridge, the instructors went over safety information and set up two lines based on weight. Volunteers of both weight groups were selected to go first and everyone else lined up behind them. The instructors were awesome, they made everyone feel comfortable and played music to get everyone pumped up.
As the first jumpers got geared, excitement and nerve from all jumpers and spectators intensified. The anticipation was overwhelming. Watching others jumping off only amplified our nerves. We couldn’t believe this was actually happening. AHHHHHH!
After getting geared up, it was finally time to jump. Climbing over the ledge of the bridge onto the platform stand was nerve-wracking! Moving forward into the “Superman” jumping position, tingles start running through your body.
Feeling extra nervous now, we prayed that the bungee will not fail us now. We listened to our instructors direction, their count down from 3… 2.. 1… came all too quickly.
The bounce back was probably the scariest or most exhilarating part of the initial fall (depending on which HikeSnob you ask). The tension of the bungee pulls you back up toward the bridge and you almost feel like you are about to hit it. A lot of people are usually worried about hurting their necks from the bounce back but it’s really not as bad as it looks. Screaming our hearts out, the experience was absolutely thrilling. Once the bouncing subsides, the instructors lowered a second rope with a carabiner that you’ll attach to your harness so they can pull you back to the top.
Only having a moment to comprehend what just f*cking happened, it was already time to go for the second jump! Backwards this time. Cursing to get more nerves out, we held out our arms looking eye to eye with the instructor before falling backwards off the platform. The second jump was even more awesome than the Superman jump (we highly recommend it).
If you decide to do more than two jumps, your third jump can be a more advanced jump like the ankle dive (the instructors will throw you off the bridge), elevator or lumberjack. Linda chose to do the lumberjack for her final jump which consisted of tucking in your arms to the side and legs together before plunging off the bridge.
This jump feels like as if the floor just disappeared before you. You do have to jump back off the platform so be careful to stay straight so you don’t hit yourself against the stand. Once you’re clear, your feet start tingling and your mind is just waiting for that ground to meet your feet. The Lumberjack is almost as exhilarating, if not more, than the Backwards jump!
After an amazing and thrilling experience, we rested for a bit. If the weather is nice, you can go down to the river and soak in the sun while watching others take the jump. Whether you are taking the plunge off the bridge or just hiking the trail, Bridge to Nowhere is a fun trail for everyone. If you decide to take the leap, share your experience with us!
- Do more than one jump…. otherwise you’ll regret it.
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