The north bridge abutment was undercut by stream currents resulting in the approach being damaged as well as some of the structure on that end of the bridge.
The damage caused the Forest Service to limit the type of use until repairs are made. Currently, hikers and mountain bikers are advised to walk across the bridge and to use caution while entering and exiting the north side of the bridge.
Equestrian users are advised to avoid the bridge entirely, and may choose to ford the 70-foot wide North Umpqua River at their own risk. Streamflow data for this section of the North Umpqua River can be found at: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv/?site_no=14313200&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060
The Forest Service plans to complete repair work this fall to prevent further damage to the bridge, and will later assess its overall condition to determine if the entire bridge needs to be replaced.
For more information about the trail bridge please contact the Diamond Lake Ranger District, at 541-498-2531.