September 24, 2021:
The bridge over Hell Roaring Creek was removed on September 24, 2021.
Photo by J. Lucas
Hikers should be aware that there is an annual activity of placing a bridge over Hell Roaring Creek in the spring, and removing it in the fall. There is no set date for this to happen. This means for early and late season hikes, this bridge may not be there making the crossing impossible or very hazardous.
On July 19, 2021 four volunteers drove to the Lake of Hanging Glacier trailhead for the bridge install.
Some repairs where done at the trailhead, some signs installed and found that the bridge out sign was missing.
All hiked to the bridge location and installed the bridge .
We did not proceed to check higher than the first bridge due to the weather conditions and fire restrictions on mechanized tools.
On the way back the trail was cleared with hand held tools cutting alders and various small trees blocking the trail.
Back at the trailhead we proceeded to install the bridge in below the trail head sign and on the way back to town also installed the bridge in at the crossroads of Westside Road and Horsethief FSR.
September 24, 2021: A work bee party comprised of 7 volunteers started out at 7am on September 24, 2021 and headed out to the trail. Once there, they separated into two parties, one went to the top of the trail and cut and cleared over 25 large trees that had blown down over the trail. The other stayed at the trailhead to repair a section at the beginning of the trail that had become dangerous and then proceeded to cut alders in the parking lot to make it bigger. After that was done, they proceeded up the trail to clean alder on the way up and meet the other workers at the bridge. The team got the bridge removed and then headed back down. With the help of these incredible, top notch workers the day went without any issues and more work than expected got completed in a short time. Thanks to our volunteers for their hard work!