|Lightning Creek Suspension Footbridge|
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All photos by Patrick S. O'Donnell. Please do not reuse without permission. Patrick writes of his visit to this bridge and three nearby bridges: "The first three suspension footbridges [Lightning Creek, Devils Creek, and Big Beaver Creek] were visited after renting a boat with a 9.9hp outboard motor. The fourth [Diablo Lake Trail] was visited following my time with the boat. These four suspension footbridges are somewhat remote - you just can't drive into them - not even to where one rents the boat. From the parking lot on WA SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) there's a mile and a half hike down 1100' to Ross Lake (man made due to damming of the Skagit River) to where one must call from the nearside dock to over across the lake where the boat rental / lodging facility is located. They come over to pick you up and take you back over. Following my visit to the three suspension footbridges associated with Ross Lake they brought me back. When I was done I continued for about another mile hike down 500' to below the dam where a fourth suspension footbridge was located. After that visit, it's 2 1/2 miles hike back up to the parking lot."
"This bridge was the furthest north on the Ross Lake. It's scheduled to have it's towers replaced and have other maintenance work performed by the crew presently [summer 2006] working on the Devils Creek Bridge a few miles south of here."