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The map below provides links to various photos that I took while hiking
the grade on June 4, 2005. Prior to starting the hike I stopped along highway
145 at the location marked by "Hill Shot". From here I tried to capture
some shots down the ravine that would show where the 3 trestles were located.
The hike was then started at the location marked by "Ties and Trees". I parked
the truck alongside the highway and struggled up the steep hill to the grade.
I then hiked south towards bridge 57A. The location marked "End of Grade"
was explored on my return trip back up the grade. It was quite overcast
on this day and I had encountered some light flakes and sprinkles along
the highway. Fortunately the weather held out and the hike was pretty uneventful.
I doubt that you will encounter anyone else along this section of the grade.
I found it to be a very peacful and scenic hike. For those exploring this
area and on up to Ophir I would highly recommend Volume IV of "The RGS Story".
One could conceivably try to spot all of the wooden culverts marked on the
map along this stretch. I found on still being put to good use while hiking
near the bend. It is also interesting to try and line up your own shots with
those taken 50+ years earlier. Copyright David Dye July 1, 2005.
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