Tourists and workers arrived today at Multnomah Falls, located on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, to see one of the most recognizable man-made structures damaged. The Benson Bridge, seen in hundreds of thousands of photographs of the falls is now closed, with a huge piece taken out by the falling rock.
Trails are closed and the bridge will be inspected before repairs are made and the bridge reopens. The super popular Larch Mountain Trail No. 441 is closed from the viewing platform at Multnomah Falls to trail No. 400. While falling rocks are not rare along the Columbia River Gorge, having one hit such a large and well-known location is pretty impressive. No one was hurt and the bridge will be fixed, but this can serve as a reminder to all that natural events will occur whether we want it to or not.
For more information, please stay tuned to the Forest Service’s page: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/crgnsa/alerts-notices/?aid=20707