From what little I know about the trail so far, there are quite a few discontinuites that require detours. Of those, the three that have the most impact to the experience would seem to be:
- The section along Rock Lake that is privately owned by someone who won't cooperate with the state on allowing passage by trail users. I'll get into this in more detail another time.
- The currently closed 2+ mile long tunnel at Snoqualmie pass. We did stop at the Hyak [snopark by winter/JWT trailhead by summer] and talk to one of the attendants, who told us that the plan for restoring passage to the tunnel was underway and that it would probably be open by around June of this year. That was great news to me, as I wasn't even aware that funding had been secured.
- The currently closed railroad bridge over the Columbia. And the subject of this post.
The trouble with riding your bike across the bridge at Vantage is that the traffic is heavy as a wet blanket, bat-outta-hell fast, and there's no shoulder. Ugly business on a bike.
This is the JWT, as it heads up out of the gorge, toward Ellensburg.
Turning my camera 180 degrees, this is the view as the trail heads into the Yakima Firing Range.
At this point I'm so damn fascinated with this trail that even if I never end up riding it, I will consider the hours checking it out to be time very well spent.