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USFS Updated information - Foresthill Loop 6 Bridge closed, but trail open for out and back

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Received this update date from Ranger Matt:  (partial quotes):  " Please communicate that riders should not be crossing that bridge due to compromised structure. ...............management (did) not to close the entire trail and just closed the lower bridge. So…. It’s out and back. ...........seeking funding to repair but it’s a high dollar project that wasn’t planned so it will be a process to secure funding. .......... A lot of work still needs to be completed on the east side of 6 (tree fell, rootballs ripped out tread in some places).   Check how bent those steel stringers are. Those are 33 inches in height! Frustrating but also impressive in terms of the force that tree had to do that amount of damage. ........................ARRD trail crew has some M-TH work planned on loop 6 and reroutes on east side upper bridge as well as multiple locations within the core Sugar Pine area if you or anyone else interested in helping out. Otherwise myself and crew will continue doing good work in the woods.

Thanks for supporting OHV!

MB

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Saw this, was definitely a huge tree that came from up on the hillside and landed on it.  Sadly the replacement cost is going to be very high, given the size of the beams and having to helicopter them in.  May keep it closed for a while.

I would not agree it is structurally unsafe based on the size of the beams and the service load.  It could use new railing though.

As noted there are two trees that were blocking the trail east of this bridge, and a lot of overgrown vegetation on the east side upper bridge area near the top.

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