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PostWed May 12, 2021 5:35 pm 
Photos from the FS in the link. Not advisable to attempt to ford until water goes down this summer. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd910644.pdf

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PostThu May 13, 2021 6:50 am 
good to hear

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PostThu May 13, 2021 7:23 pm 
The USFS crew was out there repairing/replacing some of the planks, supports, and handrails in the summer of 2019, and although it wasn't in great shape after - it was certainly good for the intended purpose - foot traffic. The main cause of premature wear on this bridge is horse traffic, for which it was never intended or built to withstand. I hike this section of the Icicle trail multiple times a summer and I have seen dozens of horseback riders cross this bridge even though there's a well-marked stock ford just a few yards away. It would be great if the local horse clubs would pony up to help replace this bridge - ideally with a design that makes it impossible for horses to use (like the one across Mountaineer Creek before the Colchuck-Stuart junction). Okay, I'll get off my high horse now.

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PostThu May 13, 2021 7:25 pm 
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PostFri May 14, 2021 6:28 am 
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PostSat May 15, 2021 4:16 pm 
Given the high use and relative proximity of this bridge to the trailhead, I'd imagine the FS will make its repair a priority. That blocks access to a very large and popular area.

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PostWed May 19, 2021 8:31 am 
I hope the FS makes it a priority but I'm not holding my breath while I wait. I walked up and looked at it yesterday. It appears you could cross on the high side. My buddy and I both tried it for a short ways. We agreed, possible but scary. Much better to wait for low water and Ford.

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PostWed May 19, 2021 8:54 am 
Hopefully this will keep some people out

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PostWed May 17, 2023 10:18 am 
Walked out there yesterday. 1 log left of the bridge with a few planks still hanging. A brave and foolish person could possibly walk it, a slip would be fatal. There were several stakes with orange paint, one next to a rebar stake with a cap. I assume someone fron the FS has been there and it may get replaced someday. Walked upstream to the log jam. Most of it is gone but there is a large log between the end of the log jam and the opposite bank. Once again, it would be possible for a brave and foolish person to cross, with certain death the result of a slip. Walked (bushwacked) upstream another 1/4 mile or so and saw no sign of any other potential crossings. I'm hoping for a prompt replacement. Water is absolutely raging right now.

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PostWed May 17, 2023 10:35 am 
timberghost wrote:
Hopefully this will keep some people out
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dave allyn wrote:
Walked out there yesterday. 1 log left of the bridge with a few planks still hanging. A brave and foolish person could possibly walk it, a slip would be fatal. There were several stakes with orange paint, one next to a rebar stake with a cap. I assume someone fron the FS has been there and it may get replaced someday. Walked upstream to the log jam. Most of it is gone but there is a large log between the end of the log jam and the opposite bank. Once again, it would be possible for a brave and foolish person to cross, with certain death the result of a slip. Walked (bushwacked) upstream another 1/4 mile or so and saw no sign of any other potential crossings. I'm hoping for a prompt replacement. Water is absolutely raging right now. .
I'm sure the river is incredibly dangerous right now from the snow melt but I crossed the horse ford last August and it was ankle deep and easy. Probably easily crossable for most of the season.

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PostFri May 19, 2023 8:36 am 
Photos from the other day.

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PostTue May 30, 2023 8:41 am 
Double bummer!

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