Washington March 23, 2016
This Terrifying Swinging Bridge In Washington Will Make Your Stomach Drop
Bridges are meant to be crossed, even if they’re bouncy and stand at extreme heights. While the
Lava Canyon Bridge isn’t for the faint of heart, we have an even more petrifying overpass you can walk across in Mount Rainier National Park, known as the Tahoma Creek Suspension Bridge.
At a hundred and sixty-five feet high above the glacier-fed Tahoma Creek, this is the longest and highest bridge to walk over in Mount Rainier National Park. It stretches for almost two hundred feet, and consists of a series of wooden planks and cables.
The bridge is part of the Wonderland Loop Trail, which circles around Mount Rainier for 95 miles total. It's a moderate 6.4-mile hike round-trip to reach Tahoma Creek, but you can continue on afterwards to see more mountainous views and summer wildflowers.
Because the bridge is so narrow, only one person is recommended at a time. It's just you, the planks ahead and surrounding views of the canyon.
With every step, the suspension bridge gently swings from side to side - or after huge gusts of wind. Small gaps in between the planks also give it a creak with every movement.
If you look through the cables, you'll be able to see how powerful floods have caused erosion in the dynamic landscape. Over the years, glaciers outbursts have caused floods and debris flow, resulting in this carved out channel to cross over.
Once you get across, you'll be greeted with extraordinary views of our state's most iconic mountain. The trip may seem daunting, but if you're feeling adventurous (and brave) this summer, the wobbly trip is a must.
What do you think? Would you cross this terrifying suspension bridge in Washington?