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Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The bridge from below (Steve Hart)
The Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge (Steve Hart)
Looking down (Steve Hart)


The Lava Canyon Suspension Bridge is one of the true engineering marvels of Northwest trail construction. It's about 100 feet long and spans the Muddy River in the middle of Lava Canyon. The bridge was built in 1993, by Sahale, a firm that specializes in trail bridges and construction.

The bridge has no stiffening members under the deck at all, so each board is free to move bound only by the two cables it hangs from. Each board sinks a couple of inches with each step, giving the bridge what some have called a "trampoline" feel.

The bridge is technically part of the Lava Canyon Loop Trail (#184A). The loop trail ends at the end of the bridge, where it meets the Lava Canyon Trail (#184).

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