Sunday, January 23, 2011

Shot this while getting some footage for

It's amazing how fast this hike is by helicopter!!! ;)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

San Gabriel river at night

Feet get wet on almost every hike for some reason...
easier to wear shorts and shoes that drain...

 This used to support the road that got washed out
in the flood that stranded the "Bridge to Nowhere" 5 miles
up the canyon.

 Michael Chestnut, Dina Fisher, Audrey Nichka
Garcia Trail night hike... lookign towards Los Angeles
This is one of the best night hikes in LA
Google Map of where photo was taken.

Hiking trail to "Bridge to Nowhere" 2nd river crossing

Exploring the Big Horn Mine

The mine is now closed... but before it was...  We spent over 8 hours exploring the inside... it is HUGE...

Here is a history of the mine:

 This is the view looking down what is the East Fork of the San Gabriel River.
Rainwater and snowmelt from here flows roughly 75 miles to Seal Beach at the end of the 605 freeway.

This was holding up the ceiling... (lincoln log room)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Shot these while wandering the San Gabriels

Top of Garcia Trail at night
(Dina Fisher and Larry Bidwell)

San Gabriel Valley From Garcia Trail

Bridge to Nowhere - From Helicopter
(Pilot: Mike Rodriguez

Cascade Canyon - San Antonio Creek

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tragedy at bridge...

I am rattled and saddened... I just got news that a fellow hiker died at the 'bridge to nowhere' over the weekend...

I have seen Mykel on the bridge every weekend I have hiked up there for many years... We have hiked out in the dark on quite a few sunday nights after the bungee... jumpers had finished and my gold prospecting adventures were done.
My heart goes out to his friends and family...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Bridge to Nowhere Hike - East Fork San Gabriel River

Bridge to Nowhere

One of the favorite hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. The trail head is the launch for a bunch of other GREAT adventures. (Allison Mine, Horseshoe Mines, Stanley-Miller Mine, Iron Mountain.)

Nelson Bighorn Sheep

Distance: 10 Miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 200' per mile
Trail Condition: Varies by route and water level.
Travel Time Round: Best 2:45 Worst 9hrs

Swan Rock - About 2.5 miles after start.

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Having hiked the bridge over 40 times... here are some notes:

-Bring a flashlight: It gets dark fast in the canyon. Have hiked out in the dark about 10 times.
-Be VERY careful in the mines.
-Water level varies from ankle to neck high.
-FLASH flood warning: The road IS washed out most of the way to the bridge.
-Feet: Going to get wet. Get over it.

If you don't miss any of the trails and move fast without breaks, you can get to the bridge in 1.5 hours. If you have a big group and try to keep you feet dry... have slow people... 4.5 hours each way. 1 mph is 10 hours on your feet... kinda miserable.

Indian Grinding Mortar

Bring 1-2 liters of water and FILTER for group. In summer, 100 degree heat... we usually drink 5-7 liters of water... too much to carry all day. Better to drink water straight from stream than die of dehydration. I have had to call in helicopter evac for a guy we found on trail once.

5 gals got stranded in dark on wrong side of stream in rain one winter night. The water was over their heads and they were near hypothermic... we managed to pull them across... I spend 20 minutes in freezing water pulling them across... near hypothermic myself... miserable cold. Bring flashlight.

Drop me a line if you want any pointers or have any questions.