Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Steel bridge across the Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin, Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
Day 3  Mileage: 25  Elevation: 7,800 ft.  
(Not the JMT yet.) Wooden bridge leading to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, Yosemite National Park.  
Day 3  Mileage: 25  Elevation: 7,800 ft.  
(Nope, still not the JMT.) Crossing the Tuolumne River again, one mile beyond Glen Aulin on the Pacific Crest Trail, Yosemite National Park.  
Day 3  Mileage: 26  Elevation: 8,000 ft.  Log bridge on the JMT at Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest.  
Day 6  Mileage: 53  Elevation: 9,850 ft.  Log bridge with handrails on the JMT at Garnet Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest.  
Day 6  Mileage: 56  Elevation: 9,700 ft.  Crossing the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River near Reds Meadow, Ansel Adams Wilderness. 
Day 8  Mileage: 69.5  Elevation: 7,600 ft.  Footbridge across the outlet of Purple Lake, John Muir Wilderness, Sierra National Forest.  
Day 9  Mileage: 84  Elevation: 10,100 ft.  Crossing Fish Creek, John Muir Wilderness Sierra National Forest.  
Day 10  Mileage: 89  Elevation: 9,100 ft.  Mono Creek Bridge,John Muir Wilderness, Sierra National Forest.  
Day 11  Mileage: 98  Elevation: 7,900 ft.  Entering Kings Canyon National Park on the Piute Creek Bridge. 
Day 13  Mileage: 119.5  Elevation: 8,200 ft.  Crossing the South Fork of the San Joaquin River, Kings Canyon National Park. 
Day 14  Mileage: 122  Elevation: 8,300 ft.  Bridge over the South Fork of the San Joaquin River at the JMT/Goddard Canyon junction, Kings Canyon National Park. 
Day 14  Mileage: 123  Elevation: 8,500 ft.    The battered LeConte Canyon Bridge over the Middle Fork of the Kings River, Kings Canyon National Park. 
Day 16  Mileage: 146  Elevation: 8,750 ft.  The Woods Creek suspension bridge is a thrill to cross.  Day 19 (out of 26).  Mileage: 179 (out of 235)  Elevation: 8,160 ft. (highest point reached: 14,505 ft.)  The Woods Creek suspension bridge is nicknamed "The Golden Gate Bridge of the Sierra." More on the history of this spectacular backcountry bridge in an upcoming installment.Bridge spanning the Tuolumne River at Pate Valley, Yosemite National Park. (Click arrows to see additional photos.)
Day 1  Mileage: 10.4  Elevation: 4,000 ft.  
(Not John Muir Trail, but on our way to it.)

Water under the bridge

Keeping feet dry on the JMT
By: 
Sarah Elliott
The rivers flow not past but through us. (John Muir)

 

26-day mother-and-daughter backpacking trip along the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park and onto the John Muir Trail to its terminus on top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park provided much in the way of scenery. But it wasn’t all pretty peaks, meandering meadows, lovely lakes, rocks, flowers, and trees. 

Here are some manmade structures that added scenic value to the trails while providing a simplified crossing of some major waterways, of which we are appreciative. No two bridges are the same, and each has architectural significance as well as utility. 

While there are plentiful bridges in the High Sierra backcountry, there are also dozens of inlets, outlets, creeks, brooks, and rivers that require hopping across on rocks, balancing on logs, or a combination of both. Trekking poles are extremely useful during these crossings. 

On this midsummer trip following four low-snowpack winters, there was just one ford that required the removal of footwear and wading across in knee-deep water: Evolution Creek in Kings Canyon National Park (Day 14; Mileage: 125; Elevation: 9,400). 

Click on the arrows by the above photo to see the more than one dozen bridges that span the waterways of the Sierra.

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