This trail bridge, popular with hikers and horseback riders, is near the intersection of trails #1905 and #1673 which runs alongside the wild and scenic portion of the Minam River. Currently the bridge, built in 1976, is a dilapidated structure that is unsafe to cross. As seen in the photo, years of high flows in Rock Creek and cold snowy winters have left the bridge unstable and weakened by the elements.
Based on a minimum tool analysis, replacement of the bridge will take place in August. This will occur with minimum use of a helicopter to fly the bridge components into the site. Construction will begin in mid-July and last through mid-August. Unfortunately, this portion of the #1905 trail will be closed from mid-July through mid-August while construction is taking place. Alternate routes include trail #1944 to the south, which has a bridge that crosses the Minam River and trail #1919 to the north. Maps are available at all Wallowa-Whitman District Offices and on the web at http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/wallowa-whitman/maps-pubs Thank you for visiting the WWNF and have a safe trip!