Benson Bridge closure

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Benson Bridge closure

Post by trailupdater » January 9th, 2014, 10:24 am

Starting immediately, the iconic Benson Bridge will be closed due to severe damage from a fallen rock. Larch Mountain trail #441 (aka "Multnomah Falls trail") will be closed from the Lodge to the Gorge #400 trail. Engineers will be assessing the damage.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/crgnsa/home

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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by trailupdater » January 9th, 2014, 10:25 am

Here is a picture of the damage:
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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by payslee » January 9th, 2014, 10:35 am

Ooooh. That must have been a heck of a rockfall!

For those wanting to hike up past there, you can still get up to the Larch mountain trail by starting either at Wahkeena or at the small pullout between Multnomah and Oneonta, where you can hop onto the 400 and meet the Larch Mtn trail above the bridge.

-payslee

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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by trailupdater » January 9th, 2014, 11:20 am

Map of closure and alternate routes:
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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by Grannyhiker » January 9th, 2014, 11:32 am

This is definitely not the first time something like this has happened!
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Major damage on Benson Bridge

Post by airoff » January 9th, 2014, 12:29 pm

Friends of the Gorge posted a photo on their Facebook page, it's pretty bad looking.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/al ... ?aid=21246

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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by sprengers4jc » January 9th, 2014, 12:41 pm

With the amount of rain projected to fall in the next 48 hours, I fear a few different trails will be impacted like this. Stay safe out there, everyone.
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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by aircooled » January 9th, 2014, 1:37 pm

Another shot from Friends of the Gorge
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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by Lurch » January 9th, 2014, 1:43 pm

and people laugh when they see us hiking with helmets on...

Is it bad that I really would have liked to have witnessed that?

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Re: Benson Bridge closure

Post by Eric Peterson » January 9th, 2014, 1:47 pm

Not bad at all Lurch. I would have liked to also witness the huge boulder that sheered off in there some 20
odd years back? DN would know the year off the top of his head I bet :)

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