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Vance Creek Viaduct Trail

NF-2341, Shelton, Washington 98584 ‎ USA n/a

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August 14, 2014 Top Review!

Do not go on this trail without permission from the land owners. It is a no trespassing zone! Sheriffs are out giving tickets and towing vehicles!!!

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Xiovargax16

Xiovargax16 in reply to on February 14, 2015

How do I get permission?

Vance Creek Viaduct Trail

NF-2341
Shelton, Washington 98584 ‎ USA

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This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

The second highest railway arch bridge ever built in the United States, the Vance Creek arch bridge soars 347 feet (106 mtrs) above a thick forest valley in Washington State’s Olympic peninsula. Originally constructed in 1929 by the Simpson Logging Company, the bridge was eventually abandoned and has neither tracks nor a roadway on top of it. Located several miles north on the same rail line and still in use as a road bridge since 1950 is the High Steel bridge over the South Fork of the Skokomish river and the highest arch bridge ever built for a U.S. rail line at 365 feet (111 mtrs). Both bridges were built by the American Bridge Company.

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April 1, 2014

There are two approaches to this bridge. One is right off NF-23 and the other (longer) is off NF-2341/2199 but requires you to trespass on private property owned by the logging company. I made the mistake of taking the longer approach because it is supposedly more scenic, but someone locked the gate where NF-2341/2199 juts off NF-23 after I got in and I was trapped for a little while and almost arrested for trespassing (the logging company is very strict about enforcing this). Luckily a truck driver got to me before Security did and he helped me find someone with a key that wouldn't turn me in to Security. That being said, this bridge is amazing and terrifying all at the same time. It is well worth the drive from Seattle to check out. Just be aware that the bridge is made from railroad ties with approx 4" gaps between them. So as you are walking out across it, and are looking down at your feet to make sure you're footing is sure, you get the privilege of seeing the water 347' below.

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Rated 5.0 October 1, 2014

I went here on 09/29/14

The trail to get into this place has been absolutely destroyed to keep people out. There are cut down trees and big trenches built into the path from start to finish. It is not an easy hike as you are going over and under constantly.

That being said it is one of the coolest places I have ever been in my life. The view down the valley and straight down is amazing and the rush of being that high up in itself is crazy!

I have talked to a few people who have been going for 10-30 years and they used to drive their jeeps and motor bikes across it however recently (since it became popular) there are a few holes in the middle from people having fires and burning through sections!

All in all I highly recommend checking this place out although you can't be afraid of heights and be ready for a crazy hike and a ticket (so I hear)

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mochere

mochere in reply to Joel Schat on April 25, 2015

How long did it take you to hike to see it?

May 5, 2014

Just went there and took the 'short' trail, which did NOT have any 'no trespassing' signs. There were other people there, not too many, but I'm sure on a sunny day it would have been more crowded.
The bridge is AWESOME.
For the 'short' trail, which is nice and seemingly legal, drive past NF-2341/2199(which has a 800 sign and a gate blocking it) onto the paved road. Drive the paved road for like, 400 feet and immediately on your left, the first left you see with a trail, is the short path. It has a ditch to keep cars out. But, yeah....be careful.

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September 19, 2014

Does anyone know how to get ahold of the landowners?

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brent.barrie

brent.barrie in reply to on January 27, 2015

This is what I got from Wikipedia. Green Diamond Resource Co Store Rainier Square, 1301 5th Avenue #2700, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 224-5800

September 10, 2014

Does anybody have any information on how we can contact the property owner to get permission to visit this bridge?

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brent.barrie

brent.barrie in reply to on January 27, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Co Store Rainier Square, 1301 5th Avenue #2700, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 224-5800

August 24, 2014

We tried to get there at the beginning of August.
There was a guy at the end of the driving way - he told us that we cannot go there because pass to the bridge is blocked by landowner.
He looked like a ranger though he didn't wear a uniform.
There was another visitor - lady in the car nearby. She told us that recently there was an accident on the bridge - 5 drunk guys were walking there and one of them fall down - obviously dead..

Needless to say we are sad we didn't get there.

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Teodor

Teodor in reply to on September 14, 2014

Unless I see a single link describing that there was an accident. I would not believe that woman//. Doubt there were any..

August 14, 2014

The short trail is also closed! No trespassing! The county sheriffs are out and giving tickets and towing cars. Do not go without permission from the owners!

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Rated 5.0 August 13, 2014

Amazing place for those who like abundant places.

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Rated 4.0 August 12, 2014

Chopped trees now cover the entire trail. The owner of the property (National Forest Service?) clearly wants to dissuade any adventurer from completing the short trek to the bridge. It took us twice as long as we had planned due to having to duck, bend, and carve our way through the maze of tree branches. There's a path where people have cut through the branches, but even then, it's easy to lose the path in a few areas. Overall, I'd say it was still worth it. The trees on the trail actually made us want to make it even more, and it felt a little more dangerous. #Trailnerds

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September 26, 2014

How to get the permission from the land owner to visit this place? Can anybody give me the information? Thank you!

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