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Pate Valley Bridge

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Pate Valley Bridge

Postby dan » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:55 pm

Postby Bighead » Sun Feb 04, 2018 3:06 pm
Anyone know the status of this bridge? Did it ever get repaired last year? I was thinking about doing Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne as part of a large loop.

Postby balzaccom » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:15 pm
Not repaired, but possibly passable. From a recent trail report:

the Pate Valley bridge had not been repaired; fortunately, at least one of its stringers was both intact and mostly free of rot.

Postby Phil » Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:52 am
Last I saw/heard, it looked like the photos that idiotwind posted back in mid-august here:


Postby balzaccom » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:49 pm
As of a few days ago, that's still what it looks like.

Postby Bighead » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:14 pm
So is there any other way to do GCT as a through hike and not out and back without crossing this bridge?

Postby Phil » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:12 am

Coming from either direction, no. The river divides the canyon right down the middle, and the bridge is basically the terminus for both sides of the connected trail system. Assuming it doesn't take any more damage or they close it, that's a perfectly good bridge as it stands. As an alternative, you could go up into the north end of the park and then return on the GCT, but you would end up back at Glen Aulin. From there, you could either backtrack to Tuolumne Meadows or go up the May Lake Trail to hit other areas.

What kind of through hike were you thinking about? ie: where to where?

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:10 am
If you wanted to add 24 miles +/- I suppose you could hang a right at Pate valley instead of crossing the bridge, and go all the way to Hetch Hetchy. But you'll need to have someone pick you up, or to stage a vehicle there. No shuttles run out that way.

Postby balzaccom » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:45 am
And climb over Rancheria Mountain, which isn't all that much fun...grin

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:48 am

balzaccom wrote:
And climb over Rancheria Mountain, which isn't all that much fun...grin

What goes up, up, up, up, up, up, up and up, and then comes down, down, down doobie doo down down... down... down some more...

And then muddles along in the full afternoon sun next to the lake in all that granite where the rattlers live?

Granted, that shower you get at Wapama Falls is pretty nice, after all that. Still...

Postby balzaccom » Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:50 pm

Nice! :D

Postby paula53 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:43 am
A few days ago I was speaking to a ranger, getting a backcountry permit. He mentioned that the bridge is not passable, and it is not fixed. He did not know when it was scheduled to be fixed.
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Re: Pate Valley Bridge

Postby austrum » Wed May 09, 2018 11:47 am

Does anyone know if the April flooding had any impact to the bridge?
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Re: Pate Valley Bridge

Postby balzaccom » Wed May 09, 2018 3:52 pm

It is still described as "not passable" by the NPS.
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