The Steel Bridge
About the Steel Bridge
This is a classic steel truss bridge located 5 miles northwest of Fort Hoskins Historic County Park (see location). The 24 mile drive from downtown Corvallis takes about 33 minutes drive (see route). There is room for several cars to park on the north side of the bridge. There are no signs prohibiting parking. This is a good place to start a ride into the Valsetz Quadrangle. It results in routes that are 10 miles less than if you started at Fort Hoskins.
From Fort Hoskins, follow Luckiamute Road for 4 paved miles. Wildwood Road begins when the road crosses from Benton County into Polk County and turns to gravel. Go one more mile to the bridge.
The Old Railroad Grade
The Old Railroad Grade is the route of a railroad that once traveled from the Willamette Valley to a town that no longer exists deep in the Coast Range (Valsetz). This road begins one mile north of the steel bridge via Wildwood Road. Beyond the gate, the road enters lands owned by private timer companies that are subject to limitations on public access and fire season restrictions and closures. This area is most likely to be open between Mid-September and early July. Non-motorized travel and passenger vehicles are allowed 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunrise. The following activities or vehicles are prohibited: Camping; fires; electric bikes; motorcycles; ATVs; target shooting; trapping.