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    Me on the High Steel Bridge,Mason County.
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  • Trip to the Vance Creek Bridge and the High Steel bridge, Mason County, Wa, USA.

    The Bridges of Mason County, State Washington: the Vance Creek Bridge and the High Steel Bridge.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Vance Creek Bridge is officially closed to the public. Visitors will be ticketed for trespassing.

    Less than a two hour drive from Seattle, nestled in old growth forest of the southeast corner of Washington's Olympic Peninsula, you can check out two old bridges: the Vance Creek Railway Bridge and the High Steel Bridge. Both bridges were built in 1929 by the Simpson Logging Company. They helped timber companies gain access to some of the best logging in America. Towering old growth forests once stood on the other side of the steep hills of the southern Olympic Peninsula and the bridges allowed for quick work of the once pristine forests. Once the logging industry started declining in the 1970's, the Vance Creek Bridge was abandoned and eventually forgotten. The High steel bridge is now in use as a single lane vehicle bridge.
    The Vance Creek Bridge is the second tallest railway trestle in America. And it is still a sight to behold. It was 347 feet over a part of the Skokomish River and spanned 422 feet across it.
    Today the Vance Creek Bridge is a popular place for hikers and thrillseekers. Although it's technically located on private property, that hasn't stopped curiosity-seekers to visit, even though walking across the bridge is pretty damn dangerous. The railway ties range from four inches apart to as much as a foot, so it's not the safest bridge to span.
    Save yourself the trip, fuel and a ticket and stay away from this area. Possibly in the future it will be low-key enough to visit again.
    Better test your mettle on the High Steel Bridge, that stands 420 feet above the South Fork of the Skokomish River and is quite impressive to stand on. With guardrails, looking over the bridge is extremely safe, though anyone should use caution while looking over the edge. Staring down over 400 feet, look for the narrow falls with a drop of about 125 feet. It is best viewed in winter and early spring when the small watershed above has sufficient runoff to deliver to the falls. It may be running sparsely, or near dry, by early summer into the early fall before rains restore the flow.
    Rumored to be the highest bridge build for the US rail line, the easy access and incredibly views from the High Steel Bridge make it a great quick stop for visitors of all ages and abilities.

    LOCATION
    Latitude : 47.3679
    Longitude : - 123.2816
    South Fork Skokomish River 9.8 miles from US Highway 101 north of Shelton.

    Getting there:
    From Hwy 101 north of Shelton, take the Skokomish Valley Road for five miles to FS Road #23. Go 2.4 miles to FS Road #2340, and follow it for another 2.4 miles. Park on either end of the narrow bridge crossing the gorge.
    Photo and video were taken by iPhone 6s. Video created with iMovie.
    Enjoy traveling with us!
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    Music: Cumbia No Frills Faster by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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  • A message to my kiddos

    Bungee jump off of High Steel Bridge in Shelton, Washington.
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  • Dropping a log off the High Steel Bridge, South Fork Skokomish River, Mason County, WA

    Log weighed over 100 lbs.
    Bridge height: 420 feet
    Year built: 1929

    Constructed by Simpson Logging Company back in the good ole days, when we didn't completely depend on our compassionate, nurturing gov't for infrastructure.
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  • High Steel Bridge Spanning the Skokomish River in Washington State [HD]

    High Steel Bridge is a truss arch bridge that spans the south fork of the Skokomish River on Forest Service road #2202 near the city of Shelton, Washington in Mason County, Washington. The High Steel Bridge was the second of two large steel arches to be erected by the Simpson Logging Company on Forest Service land in 1929. These bridges carried a single railroad track across formidable chasms opening up expansive tracts of previously inaccessible timber on the Olympic Peninsula.

    You can read more about the bridge here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Steel_Bridge

    This video was shot using a 3dr Solo Smart Drone with a GoPro Hero 4 Black. Background music played by Gabriella Quevedo.
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  • High Steel Bridge See details below

    High Steel Bridge
    Coordinates 47°22′05″N 123°16′48″WCoordinates: 47°22′05″N 123°16′48″W
    Carries Passenger vehicles and logging trucks
    Crosses South fork, Skokomish River
    Locale Mason County, Washington
    Official name Forest Service Road 2202
    Maintained by United States Forest Service
    Characteristics
    Design Truss arch
    Material Steel
    Total length 685 ft (209 m)[1]
    Height 375 ft (114 m)[1]

    High Steel Bridge is a truss arch bridge that spans the south fork of the Skokomish River on Forest Service road #2202 near the city of Shelton, Washington in Mason County, Washington. The High Steel Bridge was the second of two large steel arches to be erected by the Simpson Logging Company on Forest Service land in 1929. These bridges carried a single railroad track across formidable chasms opening up expansive tracts of previously inaccessible timber on the Olympic Peninsula.

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  • High Steel Bridge (Shelton, WA)

    November 17, 2017
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  • High Steel Bridge

    Flight of high steel bridge in mason county. It stands 420 feet high and Skokomish river runs below. As a crow flies it is just south of Lake Cushman a few miles. North of Shelton,wa. Mason county is just south of Jefferson county and just over an hour drive from Port Townsend, Wa. Shot with a Yuneec Typhoon Q500+. Hope you enjoy the video...also if you decide to throw anything off the bridge please keep it to rocks as there is already enough garbage beneath.
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  • Steel high 2015

    vance creek bridge and steel high bridge
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  • mason county steel bridge video

    the mason county steel bridge 375 feet above the south fork of the skokomish river, washington state
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