Woodland Outdoor Wanderers (WOW)
Mountain Quarries Bridge Hike
June 18, 2022
Saturday, June 18 the Woodland Outdoor Wanderers will travel to the confluence of the North and Middle Forks of the American River.
The Mountain Quarries Bridge was listed on the national Register of Historic Places in 2004. The bridge, although massive, is plain in appearance yet possesses a gracefulness that is in perfect harmony with its rugged surroundings. In 1910 the Mountain Quarries Company of San Francisco contracted the Duncanson-Harrelson Company to construct a railroad bridge to cross the American River just below the confluence of the North and Middle Forks, near their limestone quarry. Construction began in 1910, with a crew of 800 men working to build the $300,000 triple arch railroad bridge. In late 1911, three men died when the third arch collapsed. The bridge was completed and placed in service on March 23, 1912. At the time of its construction, the 482 foot long 150-foot-tall bridge was the longest concrete skewed arch railroad bridge in the world.
We will be hiking the Quarries Bridge Trail, a 2.1 mile out and back along the Middle Fork of the American River that ranges from easy to medium difficulty. The trail winds its way along the north shore of the river with expansive vistas of the river and canyon. The first section of the hike takes place on a gently graded and wide trail - you can hike several abreast. Eventually the graded path is replaced by a more traditional hiking trail. A good turn around point is Calcutta Falls (or the Black Hole of Calcutta). This cool oasis provides relief from the heat and can revive those hot feet. Upon returning to the parking lot there are a number of additional trails that can be taken for people who want to do more hiking.
Black oaks, sycamores, valley oak and buckeye and a variety of plant life thrive along the river and along the canyon-side. It will be too late for wildflowers, but you never know...
Participants will meet at 8:00 AM at the parking lot of Woodland Presbyterian Church at 1324 Columbia Drive to sign in and pick up maps. We plan to pull out at 8:15.
There is no fee to park at the trailhead, however, this area is popular parking spaces fill up quickly. There is a shuttle service that provides additional transportation for a reasonable fee:
Confluence Area Shuttle Service
The Confluence area parking can fill up quickly on any weekend. Thanks to a partnership with Auburn Transit, there is now an on-demand shuttle that will take you from any of 5 locations in the City of Auburn to the Confluence between 9:00a.m. and 5:00p.m., Friday to Sunday.
To make reservations please visit: https://www.auburn.ca.gov/585/Confluence-RouteCheck
We are asking everyone over 16 be fully vaccinated to come on this hike. People who have been fully vaccinated may make their own carpool arrangements which is encouraged. There are no restrooms at the park. Dogs on leash, at all times, are allowed on this hike. Bring your lunch, water, sunscreen, a hat, and wear closed-toe shoes.
Questions please phone or email Kathy Trott (530) 312-0100 firstname.lastname@example.org