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Bernard Pack Suspension Bridge


Bernard Pack Suspension Bridge

Photo from Sahale

License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike (CC BY-SA)

View this photo at sahale.com

BH Photo #488721


Located within the River of No Return Wilderness, Salmon & Challis National Forests, ID. Built 1956 / 57. In 2000 damaged by thundering fire-generated windstorm (not by fire itself). Winds estimated by Sahale engineers to have exceeded 150 miles per hour roared through the canyon deflecting the bridge sideways up to 12 feet and pulling the ends of the bridge superstructure off its bearing pads at the abutments. When the winds died down the deflected mainspan relaxed back into the abutments, but not in the original bearing seats. Jammed between the abutments the mainspan buckled as the 270' long superstructure settled into a space shorter by about four feet. Repaired by Sahale LLC in 2001.


Wire suspension bridge over Middle Fork Salmon River on pedestrian and pack trail
Valley County, Idaho
Open to pedestrian and equestrian activities only
Built 1957
- Sahale LLC of Lake Forest Park, Washington (2001 reconstruction)
Wire/cable suspension
Length of largest span: 270.0 ft.
Deck width: 6.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+44.95801, -114.73437   (decimal degrees)
44°57'29" N, 114°44'04" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
11/678696/4980783 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Aparejo Point
Inventory number
BH 63926 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 13, 2021: New photo from Geoff Hubbs
  • November 1, 2014: Added by Patrick S. O'Donnell


  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Geoff Hubbs