MT. The West Fork Ranger District on the
has announced that it is closing the remote
located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness because the main bridge span has
failed. Forest Service personnel discovered the failure last week.
of the three stringers (log supports) underneath the bridge apparently rotted
out and collapsed sometime this winter. See attached photo of bridge
is located approximately 8 miles from the White Cap Trailhead near the popular
Paradise boat launch on the
. The bridge spans White Cap Creek and can be accessed from the White Cap
and Canyon Creek Trails. It is used primarily by pack stock and hikers and
backpackers in the summer. These is also an outfitter camp in the area
used during the spring and fall for hunting trips.
bridge will remain closed until repairs can be made to replace the main support.
For more information contact the West Fork Ranger District at (406) 821-3269.
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