Explore High Steel Bridge

Added by Rory Court

Legal and Safe Alternative to Trespassing on nearby Vance Creek Bridge.Historic Bridge Seemingly in the middle of nowhere.Amazing Views of Vance Creek.Guaranteed Peacefulness. 

Located about 20 minutes outside of Shelton, Washington on US Forest Service Road NF-2340.  To get there, head North on Highway 101 and exit onto W Skokomish Valley Rd. about 12 miles (or 20 minutes) after passing Shelton.  

W Skokomish Valley Road will take you through a beautiful area of farmland, beware, the road may be flooded at times. It was for us.  After about 10 minutes of driving on W Skokomish Valley Road exit slight right onto NF-23, it immediately begins uphill.  Continue on NF-23, shortly after the road turns into a horrendous gravel road, you will see a sign that says "High Steel Bridge 3" pointing to the right.  Exit right and follow NF-2340 3 miles to High Steel Bridge.  You will be rewarded for your excursion, High Steel Bridge is essentially the paved road version of Vance Creek Viaduct, offering beautiful views of Vance Creek, a waterfall and if you are lucky, there will be a light fog that sets the PNW mood this bridge can offer.

Park your car and walk out onto the bridge, traffic will be minimal, you might not see one other vehicle.  Make sure you bring your camera because there are plenty of amazing photo opportunities but don't forget to just take in the view and hopefully you can enjoy good company while you are out there.

**Final Note: A 4x4 vehicle is recommended if possible, otherwise you can get away with a small vehicle, but drive with caution and care.  There is no cell phone service in this area, make sure you inform someone of where you are headed in case anything goes wrong.  Also, the picture above was taken safely from behind a railing on the bridge, do not attempt to dangle from the bridge or put yourself at harms way.

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Photography
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Waterfall

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🥉Contributor

over 3 years ago

Stunning And Calming

Very beautiful place to drive to. The 4x4 is not needed at all I made it in a sedan with ease. Make sure to bring rain gear as at any moment rain could bless your trip.

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over 3 years ago

Worth the stop

If you are in the area this is a really cool bridge to check out. We arrived before sunrise and the criss-crossing forest roads were a lot of fun to explore being lit up with morning light. Also, you absolutely DO NOT need any type of 4-wheel drive or anything, the gravel road is well maintained with very few pot holes and makes for an easy drive for any car.

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