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Elk Creek Crossing

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The new Elk Creek Bridge (in place May to October), Wilson River Trail (Rick Sanger)
Fording Elk Creek in the winter, Wilson River Trail (bobcat)


This crossing is where the Wilson River Trail departs from the Elk Creek Trail to continue its new eastern extension. Funding ran out for the planned extension, so installation of the scheduled bridge over Elk Creek was delayed for years. Finally, in 2017 a single handrail bridge was put in place across the confluence of the West Fork and Elk Creek itself. Unfortunately, the bridge is only in place from May to October, so in the months when the water is coldest and deepest, you will still have to make a slippery ford over Elk Creek. Look for spawning coho salmon in the creek in the fall through spring seasons.

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