New log bridge open across Thunder Creek in North Cascades National Park


A temporary log crossing is in place over Thunder Creek, making the Thunder Creek Trail passable again to foot traffic, in Washington’s rugged North Cascades National Park.

The trail was closed about 14 miles from the trailhead, just before the Skagit Queen Camp, due to the failure of the Skagit Queen Bridge about four weeks ago.

The crossing remains closed to stock. Due to the volume and speed of the creek and the steepness of its banks at this location, there is no recommended safe alternative crossing for stock.

The park staff hopes the new log crossing will last through the winter so it can also be used next spring while work continues on a permanent replacement by mid-June next year.”

It took a crew of four people (two North Cascades National Park employees and two Student Conservation Association interns) four days to put the temporary log crossing in place. A wire rope was also installed to be used as a handrail.

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— Terry Richard

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