Mount Walker + High Steel Bridge Ride

August 16, 2015/Jonathan Rundle/3 Comments

This weekend me and a few buds took a trip to Mount Walker and down 101 to High Steel Bridge, a former railroad bridge turned popular PNW photo site.

Coming off the Bainbridge Ferry, we were greeted with some light rain showers, something we had hoped would stay in the clouds. Our first stop was in Poulsbo to have breakfast at my favorite spot – Tizley’s Europub. Once we fueled up, the rain stopped dropping and we started making our way to Mount Walker.

Hood Canal Bridge was obviously open for boat traffic because we had a 4-mile backup. We passed the time with a neutral push-race to the speed limit sign at the bottom of the hill. Aaron took 1st place.

If you’re interested in seeing Mount Walker’s view in all of it’s glory, read about our visit last year when skies were perfectly clear.

Twin Peaks kind of day

Today’s weather still made it a uniquely Pacific Northwest experience. The fog and clouds made it feel like an episode of Twin Peaks. Hood Canal below faded in and out along with Highway 101. Sneak peeks at the rest of Puget Sound came and went as the fog swirled around the base of the mountain.

Andrew wrecking the overlook

Next, Aaron led us back down the dirt road and onto the twistiest part of Highway 101. Our next destination is High Steel Bridge – a spot I’ve never visited before.

Parked at High Steel Bridge

Skykomish river

The 420 ft. drop from the bridge and a waist-high banister might give you a case of vertigo.

Looking down from High Steel Bridge

Andrew and Aaron at High Steel Bridge

Andrew and Aaron lean against the taller banister on the other side of the bridge.

High Steel Bridge Panorama

High Steel Bridge Selfie

High Steel Bridge Selfie

Aaron and I photo-bombing Andrew’s selfie. A great bit of graffiti (that was already there, I promise): Braap all day!

Comments (3)

  • Danny Rundle .August 29, 2015.Reply

    Great pictures! Looks like a nice ride!

  • Andrew .August 28, 2015.Reply

    One of my favorite rides here in the PNW. Thanks for originating this ride Jon.

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