Bridges of Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake is situated between Eagle Mountain to the east and Buntzen Ridge to the west.  The area receives up to 4,000 mm (13 feet) of precipitation annually and Eagle Mountain can accumulate a significant snowpack over the winter months.  There are numerous creeks to bring this water into Buntzen Lake. And when you have a creek, you need a bridge !

Below is Trillium Creek, which is the longest wooden bridge on the trail…

Trillium Creek

The naming of the creeks around Buntzen Lake is alphabetical (if going in a counter-clockwise direction), but not all letters are represented. Also, there are signs on each bridge stating the maximum number of people is 4 (seems a little overly cautious).

Trillium Creek sign

The bridge over the largest creek (which is Buntzen Creek) is not named.

The named bridges are:

East Side:

• Birch
• Cypress
• Dogwood
• Elderberry
• Fir
• Gooseberry
• Hemlock
• Ivy
• Juniper
• Kinnikinnick
• Lodgepole
• Maple
• Ninebark
• Oregon Grape
• Poplar
• Rhododendron

West Side:

• Sitka
• Trillium (longest wooden bridge)
• Umbrellawort
• Valentine
• Willow
• Xanthoria

And of course, we cannot forget the suspension bridge at the north end of the lake.

There used to be a floating bridge across the far south end of the lake as seen below. This photo is from 2005…

Buntzen Lake 002

But now it’s mostly a land bridge as seen below…


There remains a small floating bridge section as seen below…

Only 30 people ???

Some of the bridges are new and have steel girders, like the one below…

Queen's Cup Creek

And some bridges are old and are made entirely of wood, like the one below…

Old bridge

I don’t know if I can call the next one a bridge, but its like a bridge. This is on the Diez Vistas Trail…

Old Bridge

The next bridge is a log bridge and it’s also on the Diez Vistas Trail…

Log bridge

Here is a very shallow bridge on the Lakeview Trail

Old bridge

The next photo isn’t really a bridge, but its more like a short land bridge – just something to reinforce the trail…

Underside of Land bridge on trail

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