Seems like this is a pretty well known hike, if you ask around. There are quite a few pictures this time around, so I’ll leave my chattering for the beginning and let you enjoy the photos in silence.
Apparently you can do some bungee jumping on the actual bridge (see Bungee America), and there are plenty of spots where you can play around in the water (lots of people walking around in swim trunks, bathing suits and the like), as well as some good places to pan for gold — ! Definitely a trail to revisit.
If you stay along the trail, it’s supposed to be 9.5 miles (or so), and if you get off the trail or cross at the wrong place (cough), then it may be closer to 10.5 or so. It’s not particularly strenuous (compared to Ice House Canyon), but you do cross the river a handful of times and there are one or two sections where you’re doing some climbing… but most of it is fairly flat. Some crossings you can do dry, some you need to have good balance for – or you will end up with wet boots when you’re hurrying back to the car because the sun has already set. Again, that’s just me guessing. Not personal experience or anything.
And, by the way, real hikers always bring Starbucks.
This was me literally laying on the ground (we may have hiked the last mile in a rush due to time constraints – or maybe we didn’t. Who knows?).
And then finally, THE BRIDGE. The Bridge to Nowhere.