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Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge

Enjoy views of the Middle Fork American River Canyon on this easy walk across the historic arched cement bridge
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour

Overview :  This short walk brings you up to and then across the Mountain Quarries RailRoad Bridge, which was the longest concrete arch railroad... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

Park along the side of the road and walk around the gate to begin the walk.

2. Remains of old bridge

See the remains of the old bridge from here and take an optional path down to the river if you choose.

3. Bridge Construction

The Mountain Quarries bridge featured innovative design characteristics and construction techniques for its time. One example is the twisted steel you can see at this point that was used to reinforce the concrete to support much larger loads over a span. Another example is the way that the concrete pillars are oriented in the river. This was... More

4. View from the bridge

From the bridge you can see the American River below. If you walk to the far end of the bridge, there is a sign with some information about the bridge's history and significance.