Thanks Hiker John for getting that scoop from the USFS.
Not sure how concrete would be any problem for the fishies. I think the stranded bridge is a rather impressive artifact.....it would be sort of like the towering trestle remains above Cavanaugh Creek. (Whatcom Co.)
Just returned from backpacking the west side of the WFWR. The bridge has been completely removed, along with the temporary damn. Contractors are now removing the pavement on 74.
As for the east side, itís almost fully reclaimed. Only made it a little past Viola Creek. The bridge there is completely washed out. After that the roads (74 and 7430) have been completely reclaimed by the forest. Was trying for Clear West Peak. It will take days to get there now.
Did a gravel Bike ride heading up past the washout and up to Haller Pass. Bridge is totally removed and as hiker John said the road had been stripped back to where to intersects with NF 75.
Iím wondering how challenging walking up the river bed would be to get to the Northern Loops Trail. Distance wise it doesnít seem crazy (especially if you could use the forest road on the west side of the river, but who knows the condition) and the river bed does seem pretty wide ... at least at the washout. However , it does like it gets narrow at points. Probably not worth the effort but just a thought...
Hiker John did I see you driving up at Haller Pass? Saw a USFS truck and thought it might have been you!
Thanks everyone for the info. I used it to take a trip up there on 05/15/21.
I parked at the gate and the road is bike able to the junction with 75 (besides maybe the first washout. Since 75 is still snowed in at the top this is the only real way in to 7550. Then I went up the short section of 75 to 7550 which could be biked for a majority of the road before it completely deteriorates at the end. There is a steep down hill to the park boundary and from there is is a bush wack to the N loop trail. Van Horn falls did not disappoint. All in all 26.5 mile roundtrip.
Hope this helps some people out attempting the same thing. I think this is a new favorite early season trip for me.
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