#1 Who is Bungee America?
#2 Where do we jump?
#3 Is it safe?Bungee America has performed over 100,000 bungee jumps and continues to proudly proclaim our perfect safety record.
#4 Where do we meet?We meet at the trailhead for the Bridge to Nowhere, also known as the East Fork Parking Lot at your designated meeting time. This parking lot is located inside the Angeles National Forest, 30 minutes north of the city of Azusa, CA.
#5 How long does it take?A day of bungee jumping is a full day event. You will meet us at the trailhead at your designated meeting time. We will then enjoy a beautiful 5 mile hike to the bridge, spend the afternoon bungee jumping, and return on the 5 mile hike back, arriving at your car just before dark. Contact the office for specific times depending on the season.
#6 When will we get back to our cars?Click here and read about it under Los Angeles Bungee Jumping / What You Need to Know.
#7 Can we camp at the Bridge to Nowhere?Often the jumpmasters working the bridge camp at our base camp next to the bridge. If we are camping, you are welcome to camp on our private property with us. You will need to supply all of your own camping equipment. Bring a camp stove because no camp fires are allowed. If our staff is not camping, then there is no camping permitted on our private property extending a half-mile in every direction from the bridge.
#8 How long is the hike?It is a 5 mile hike each way through the gorgeous Angeles National Forest. We will enjoy a 2 hour hike (at a brisk pace) to the Bridge to Nowhere as a group.
#9 How difficult is the hike?The hike is mostly over a rocky, rugged dry river bed, and we cross the San Gabriel River 6 times. You will want to be prepared to get wet. There is only a 500 ft elevation gain between the East Fork Parking Lot and the Bridge to Nowhere. This hike is classified as a moderate hike in many Southern California backpacking guides. Hikers of all shapes, sizes and ages make it to the bridge every weekend. You DO NOT need to be an Olympic athlete but be aware it is 2 hours of brisk walking in each direction.
#10 Can I drive to the Bridge to Nowhere?No, it is impossible to drive to the Bridge as the road was washed away in 1938. The Bridge to Nowhere is located 5 miles from any road. Therefore the only way to get there is the same way thousands of other people get there every year, WALKING. This is one element that makes the Bridge to Nowhere experience so unique.
#11 Is there any other way to get to the bridge other than walking?No, there is no other way to get to the bridge besides walking. Fortunately, the hike to Bridge to Nowhere is the most popular day hike in the Angeles National Forest.
#12 What should I bring on the hike?There are no opportunities to purchase food or supplies once you meet us in Azusa. Therefore you should bring everything you will want and need for the whole day. Important items: Backpack to carry everything, picnic lunch, snacks, and things to drink. No alcohol or glass containers. Comfortable shoes for the hike that have good traction and that you can get wet, you will cross the San Gabriel River 6 times and we DO NOT stop to change our shoes. Depending on the season you might want rain gear, a warm jacket, hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, dry socks and shoes, and always a change of clothes waiting for you in the car.
#13 Is lunch provided?No food will be provided for you; therefore you are required to bring whatever food/snacks you would like for the entire day. Remember we will be in the wilderness most of the day. Pack accordingly.
#14 What should I wear for the hike?Dress in layers, comfort is the key while at the bridge, if it is cold you’ll want to be warm, if it is wet you’ll want to be dry, if it is hot you’ll want to be cool. Bring all the clothes you think you will need to accomplish this. Jeans and sandals are highly discouraged on the hike. Everyone will be crossing the San Gabriel River and getting their feet wet, we recommend wearing shorts and running shoes or your favorite hiking shoes. Also bring dry clothes to wear once we arrive at the bridge. This will ensure that you and your feet enjoy the whole experience.
#15 What should I wear while Bungee Jumping?Thin, athletic clothing works great. Shoes or no shoes is your choice. For over 20 years all of the best photos have been taken of people wearing brightly colored clothing.
#16 Can I bring my friends with me if they don’t want to jump?Yes, friends and family are always welcome to join us. You are welcome to bring one spectator free of charge for each jumper in your group. Additional spectators are welcome and will be charged $10.00/ each. Remind your friends that they may have the opportunity to add on as a jumper when at the bridge if the day hasn’t sold out. Cost is $20.00 late registration + jump package. $10.00 spectator fee will be applied. Cash only / group discounts do not apply.
#17 Can I bring my dog?
Yes, but we have strict rules regarding dogs:
- Dogs must be well socialized with both people and other dogs.
- Dogs must be excellent swimmers with swift water river experience.
- Dogs must have backcountry experience and this is no place for Fluffy.
- No barking- we are not running a kennel.
- All K-9′s are required by the Angeles National Forest Service to be kept on a leash.
- Do not allow them to do their duty on or near the trail.
- The hike is very rocky and usually takes a toll on your puppy’s feet.
- If your dog is not an experienced hiker, their feet may become injured.
#18 How do I make a reservation?All reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. You can make your reservation 24 hours a day on this website by using your credit card. Once you complete your on-line reservation, you will receive further details including driving directions, online waivers, and a list of what to bring.
#19 Can I reach a representative over the weekend?No, our office is closed Saturday and Sunday while we are at the bridge bungee jumping. Please feel free to leave a voicemail over the weekend so that we can return your call promptly on Monday morning.
#20 How much does it cost?Packages range from $89 to $259. You can bet this will be the best all day adventure you will have. Click here to view our Package/Pricing page.
#21 When do I pay?
- You can make your reservation 24 hours a day on this website using your credit card.
- Full amount charged at the time of reservation Cancellation Policy
- Reservations will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
#22 Can I make a reservation less than 14 days in advance?Yes, all reservations are first come, first served. Short notice reservations are possible if there is room available for your group. You will pay in full for your jump packages at the time of reservation. You will not be able to cancel or reschedule with less than 14 days notice. If you do not show up on the day of the event, you will still be charged the full amount. Your jump packages are guaranteed, therefore there are no rain checks for no shows.
#23 Can I cancel my reservation?All payments (less $20.00 / per person cancellation fee) are refundable with 14 days advance notice, after which there are no refunds.
#24 Can I reschedule my reservation?
- All payments are non-refundable with less than 14 days notice.
- Although, you may reschedule if you provide 72hrs advance notice.
- All rescheduled jumps must be used within 90 days of your original jump date.
#25 How many jumps do most people do?Our most popular package since 1989 has been the 3 jump Supreme Package. Most people realize that after 5 miles of hiking they will want to do more than 1 jump. When you look at the value of the Supreme Package, it makes sense to do at least 3 jumps, because the third jump is only $40! Remember, we offer 6 unique jumps, you will be thankful you reserved more than 1 jump.
#26 Can I upgrade my jump package at the Bridge to Nowhere?Yes, you can upgrade your jump package while at the bridge. You will pay the difference in the package price plus a $20 upgrade fee. Group discounts will not apply to upgrades or add-ons. Upgrades are allowed based on the availability of the day, contact the office for complete details, or talk to your Jumpmasters.
#27 Can two people jump together?No, you cannot jump together. This safety rule prevents the possibility of two jumpers hitting their heads together.
#28 Can I do the ankle dive?The Ankle Dive and Elevator Drop are Advanced Jumps. The awesome Ankle Dive that you see in movies and television is included in our Supreme, Quad, and Extreme Jump Packages. Note: You must qualify by demonstrating excellent jump technique on your first two jumps. Jumper must be over 18 years of age. Please contact Bungee America for further restrictions.
#29 Is there a professional photographer?Bungee America does not currently provide professional photography, but you are welcome to bring your own cameras. All photos and videos are for personal use only and not for re-broadcast without prior written approval from Bungee America.
#30 Can I bring my own cameras?You are welcome to bring your Go-Pro camera and appropriate mounts. Cameras may not be hand-held. The Jump Master has the final decision whether you can jump with your camera. We are not responsible for property damage or personal injury as a result of jumping with your camera. Don’t forget a protective/waterproof case, you will be hiking 5 miles and crossing a river 6 times.
#31 Is there a minimum or maximum weight limit?
- Bungee America has a 265 lb maximum weight limit.
- Jumpers above 265 lbs are allowed upon special arrangement.
- You must advise your Bungee America representative at the time of reservation. Additional fees will apply.
- Bungee America has an 80 lb minimum weight limit.
#32 Is there a minimum or maximum age limit?To begin your career as a bungee jumper you need to be 12 years of age and weigh at least 80 lbs.
We have no maximum age limit; however the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere is a rocky, rugged 10 mile (round trip) hike that crosses a river 12 times. If you have any doubts of your ability to make the hike we recommend the following:
Walk 5 miles in 2 hours, stop at a local restaurant and have lunch and take a rest for a few hours, then return 5 miles in 2 hours. If you can accomplish this, you may very well be able to handle the hike to the Bridge to Nowhere.
#33 What is the minimum age for the hike?The minimum age limit for the hike is 12 years old. The hike to the Bridge to Nowhere is a rocky, rugged 10 mile (round trip) hike that crosses a river 12 times.
#34 Should I tip my guides?
Tipping is very personal and up to the individual although the simple answer is, Yes. Customary tipping etiquette for adventure guides is 10% to 20% of the cost of your adventure package. If you had a great time; it’s because of your guides. If your budget is tight, skip a Starbucks and tip them $5 bucks. Your guides will appreciate you.
Feel free to hand your gratuity directly to your guide or if you prefer, you will find a Gratuity and Suggestion Box conveniently mounted directly on the bridge. Take a Suggestion Card and write a personal note, then wrap your gratuity inside the note. Your guides will know it came directly from you.
What the experts say about tipping Adventure Guides.
- FindALink.net recommends,
“Outdoor Guides (fly fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, etc)…………15% of the cost of the service.”
- Trip Advisor recommends,
“………..15-20%+ depending on quality (knowledge, friendliness, etc).”
- About.com recommends,
“………..reward a good guide by tipping 10-20% of the cost of a ticket”.
We have included the links for your convenience.
Yelp insiders will confirm Bungee America has over 100 reviews and a 5 star rating. Please read these reviews and you understand why our top quality guides make all the difference.
Finally, Adventure Guides work in the service industry and annual income has a direct impact on the economic viability as a career choice.
You deserve to be guided by professionals with years of experience so rather than raise prices to make an Adventure Guiding career feasible, Tipping becomes;
A win-win when guests graciously reward their professional guides for meeting or exceeding their expectations.
It is an important part of their annual income and they are greatly appreciated by your guides.
Your Adventure Guides work the entire day to ensure your safety and create an amazing experience which will last your lifetime.
If you had a fabulous experience, tipping any amount is a great way to let them know.
- FindALink.net recommends,
#35 Do you sell Gift Certificates?Yes, Bungee America / Bridge to Nowhere gift certificates can be purchased on-line for any of our jump packages. For more information, click here.
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