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Explore the Abandoned Sweetwater River Bridge

El Cajon, California


Added by Alex Seger

The San Diego Sweetwater River Bridge was built in 1929, and later abandoned. It's amazing to see how eventually nature will take everything back. 

Starting at the beginning of the bridge, there is a small gravel lot where you can park. With the bridge only extending 500 feet, this is a short and relaxing adventure. 

The plants and trees have already begun to take back this iron bridge. A peaceful walk overlooking a wildlife reserve, this is a perfect place to relax and photograph.

Walk along the bridge and admire how nature is taking over the man-made iron structure. Walk to the end and look around at the vastness that surrounds you. Set up your camera at either end of the bridge and look for angles. Use the beauty of the trees and the steel to complement each other! If the sun is at it's peak, use a neutral density filter or a high aperture setting of f18 and up. 

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