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Ponderosa Way Bridge #3


Ponderosa Way North Closed

Photo taken by Craig Philpott in March 2014


BH Photo #279247


Abandoned in place. Road deck destroyed by fire. Upon the destruction of this bridge, Ponderosa Way leading up to it was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Ponderosa Way on the south end has been blocked with a gate after the condition became so bad that it was unsafe, and Ponderosa on the north end ends right before the bridge because of a large landslide on the Mokelumne cliffs that destroyed part of the road, seperating the road from the north approach.


Abandoned pony truss bridge over North Fork Mokelumne River on former Ponderosa Way
Amador County, California, and Calaveras County, California
Deck destroyed by fire, abandoned in place. Approach decks, however, are okay except for minor burning.
Parker pony truss with external vertical bracing.
Length of largest span: 136.0 ft.
Total length: 204.0 ft.
Deck width: 12.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.34090, -120.63087   (decimal degrees)
38°20'27" N, 120°37'51" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/707050/4246295 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mokelumne Hill
811 ft. above sea level
Inventory number
BH 56480 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2022: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • June 16, 2015: Updated by Erik Hoffman: Fixed typo in name.
  • March 10, 2014: Updated by Craig Philpott: added photos
  • June 5, 2013: Added by Craig Philpott


  • Craig Philpott - craigphilpott63 [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Erik Hoffman - norcalroadswebsite [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Geoff Hubbs


Ponderosa Way Bridge #3
Posted February 4, 2022, by Jon Myers (jonmyers23 [at] comcast [dot] net)

If it's useful, please feel free to use the attached photo of the Ponderosa Way Bridge #3 that I took with an old film camera sometime in the mid-to-late 1970s, and scanned it into a digital file in 1999. I remember taking the photo during a work-related field trip of the Mokelumne watershed. At that time, this beautiful truss bridge was still open to traffic. I think, but can't remember for sure that we drove across it. I always wanted to go back and take more photos, but never got there. When was the fire that destroyed the deck and closed the bridge?