Take action for the PCT at Bridge Walk on Sept. 6th in Cascade Locks

Saturday Sept. 6, 9:00-9:30am, CASCADE LOCKS, OREGON – For a peaceful half hour, the iconic Bridge of the Gods will be closed to motorized traffic, so pedestrians and bicyclists can celebrate its breathtaking views. Explore what it’s like to cross the bridge as a hiker on the Pacific Crest Trail. Celebrate the bi-state connection of Gorge communities and economies. Learn about the efforts to make the bridge safer for pedestrians, bikes, and horses.

In the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, hub of world-class hiking and bicycling, the Bridge of the Gods sits at the convergence of The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, three National Historic Trails, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The Bridge is a beautiful asset to residents and visitors alike. At the same time, it has been referred to by many long-distance hikers and equestrians as the most treacherous part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Despite the fact that pedestrians, horses, bicyclists, and even casual tourists are permitted on the bridge, there’s no shoulder. The narrow lanes must be shared with constant two-way traffic.

PCT Bridge Walk 2014 Poster

A gorge-based coalition is working to identify options to improve the safety of non-motorized bridge users. The addition of a non-motorized pathway across the Bridge would radically transform the experience of countless cyclists, commuters, history buffs, photographers, students, families, and sight-seers. The initial fundraising target is $18,000 for an engineering cost analysis. Contributions from four organizations currently total $13,000. The coalition hopes to fill the $5,000 gap with a public awareness presentation and fundraiser during the bridge walk event. While enjoying the Gorge views from the Bridge Walk, visitors should consider donating a voluntary “walker bridge toll” toward long term safety efforts for non-motorized users.

Please, no pets. Use extreme caution with children. Meet at the Bridge of the Gods PCT trailhead area, near the tollbooth. Park vehicles in the Marine Park or downtown Cascade Locks. Following the Bridge Walk event, enjoy the PCT Days festival occurring on Thunder Island in the Marine Park.

Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.