Bridge To Nowhere Panorama

This is a five vertical-shot panorama of the landmark commonly known as the Bridge To Nowhere in San Gabriel Canyon in the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa.

 

The bridge was built in 1936 to accommodate a roadway being constructed connecting the San Gabriel Valley through the canyon to Wrightwood. Devastating floods two years after the bridge's completion washed out the road as well as any plans to rebuild it, leaving those beautiful span connecting nothing more than either side of the gorge it straddles.

 

A rugged roundtrip hike of about 10 miles will get you from the trailhead to the bridge and back.

  • Marshall Astor 9y

    Wow - that's crying out for intervention. I'm totally shocked that it's not a graffiti monument.
  • Will Campbell 9y

    There's certainly plenty of tags applied to a lot of the canyon's natural features up closer to the trailhead. I think its remote location is what's kept it pretty much paint-free all these years. Even so, it's still a pleasant surprise to see it so unmarred.
  • Marshall Astor 9y

    It's a good thing the lazy ass morons who tag on rocks aren't much for trail hiking.
  • redteam 9y

    Lovely! I want to see that bridge.
    Have you heard of Autostitch?
    www.cs.ubc.ca/~mbrown/autostitch/autostitch.html
  • Will Campbell 9y

    Thanks redteam! Yes, I have heard of Autostich, but unfortunately I'm its makers don't feel in any sort of rush to make a Mac version so I am proverbially "ass out." and forced to self-stitch.
  • SurfDaddy 8y

    Beautiful! Search and rescue found a lost poacher near here and I wanted to know what this place looked liked. Best photo of the place yet. Thanks!
  • redteam 8y

    Hey, Wildbell, "Calico" from here:
    www.kekus.com/
    Uses the Autostitch algorithms! It's listed on the Autostitch front page. Enjoy!
  • Will Campbell 8y

    Thanks redteam, I'll check it out!
  • jones21689 8y

    Nice photos! 1st hiked this in 1973--your gallery brought back a lot of memories. Did you go around the corner to go spelunking in the tunnel opening on the other side of the hill?
  • Will Campbell 8y

    Thanks Jones! The group I was with went around to the tunnel and down in it, but my wife and I hung back to explore down by the river instead.
  • redteam 8y

    So everyone else took the Gollum route into darkness and you stayed on the Sméagol route in the light?
  • Will Campbell 8y

    Pretty much, redteam. And I must belatedly thank you for pointing me to Calico. I finally downloaded it and boy does it rock!
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