Catherine Creek Bridge Installed
The long-awaited Catherine Creek Bridge has been installed. Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area trail crews worked with volunteers from the Washington Trails Association cutting a new mile of trail tread and helping rig, pull, lift, and assemble the fifty-five foot single log stringer bridge. According to the Scenic Area, the five-ton log was manually winched on log rollers about 300 feet down a rocky slope and perfectly fitted onto the first wooden sill. It was then pulled across the creek by assembling an incline ramp out of old 2 x 12’s and pouring creek water on them to reduce friction as the log was pulled. Once across, the log was lifted onto the final sill using a combination of six-ton bottle jacks, rock bars, heavy-duty vehicle ramps, and human muscle power. Posts, railings, backboards, and steps were then installed. Work took about a week.