The Vance Creek Bridge is an abandoned railroad bridge in the South East Olympic Mountains. At 347 feet high, it was the second highest railway bridge ever built in the United States. I didn’t have the nerve to walk out on it very far. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
First View of the bridge
Not for the faint of heart
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If you zoom in close enough on Google Maps, you can see they have mapped this trail. They call it the Vance Creek Viaduct Trail. What makes this a viaduct? This is the only time I’ve ever heard of this being called a viaduct. I doubt the Simpson Lumber Company knows that Google has mapped this trail and made it accessible on their maps since officially I don’t think they want people going out there.
Some guys walking out on the bridge. The large culvert used to sit on the end of the bridge to keep folks off of it. Now it actually helps you get on it. It doesn’t look a whole lot like Simpson is doing much to keep people away from here any more. There was folks coming and going when I was there.
I was as nervous watching them as I was for myself when I was out there.
Maps are for entertainment purposes only. I don’t recommend walking on the bridge or hiking out to it since I don’t really think the Simpson Lumber Company wants people going out there. With that said, it’s not too hard to find directions on Google.