This weekend, we brought Toki on a hike to the “Bridge to Nowhere” in the San Gabriel Mountains, near Azusa, California. The hike follows the route of a road that was optimistically built in a very active wash of the east fork of the San Gabriel River. In the 1930’s, the road was washed away before it was completed, but not before the construction of the art deco arch bridge that gives the trail its name.
Although this is a popular destination in the summer due to the swimming holes and multiple river crossings, I enjoyed the lack of crowds during the winter months. Because the weather was warm, and maybe because I just got back from Antarctica, the water felt refreshing, and just right.
We ended up turning around before reaching the bridge, because Toki was starting to get tired – she’s still only 11 months old, and a bit of a hiking tenderfoot. As our vet wisely advised us, don’t let Toki dictate her activity level. At this age, she’d keep going until she dropped.
If you go, especially in winter or early spring, the river might be too high to ford safely with your dog. (A few of our crossings were thrilling!) Also, check your pup’s paws during rest stops, to make sure they’re holding up to the rocky terrain. The complete route is long, about 10 miles, so it’s important to bring food and water for dogs and people. For more photos and details of the hike, check out the Modern Hiker Blog.