You see, Nathan, this bridge is in the Auburn SRA, which is technically a state park. So that is why they charge.
Open and crossed, June 2015. Bridge is just as described.
They charge to park at this bridge?! Who charges? And why? Its in the middle of nowhere!
Scenic and classic suspension bridge. I did dozens of pirate bungee jumps off here (and a few legal ones with a film permit) back in the day.
It's about 86 feet from the water to the deck, varies with the height of the water.
It's cool to see how it hangs from the cables and you can move it by hand.
Driving over it is fine, I'm just worried that some idiots will try to caravan 3 or more cars over it at the same time.
They charge for parking there now.
Good place to gold mine, or take a raft out after doing the run from Iowa Hill bridge upstream.
Brian, there are not that many "swing" suspension bridges left in California and this is one of my favorites. I do drive across it and it is an interesting feeling.
Went panning for gold today 11/19/2011. No luck, not very good at this panning stuff.. Neat bridge though. I don't think I would drive a vehicle over it. I saw a few people cross it with thier vehicles. Mostly small cars and one full size Chevy pickup. Weight limit is 3 tons. One side of the bridge deck is elevated about 2 inches from it's mooring. One person can physically move the bridge back and forth by hand. Scary.
My folks used to have a cabin here, one of about a dozen. There was one on each side of the bridge, about 8 below the bridge, and 3 across the footbridge over Shirt Tail Creek, which is where ours was. On a busy 3 day weekend, there'd be cars parked on both sides of this bridge and plenty of day visitors too. We sold the cabin (actually, squatters rights)in '65 in anticipation of having to vacate for the Auburn Dam. I was shocked to revisit and not see a trace of anything.