A bridge on the popular trail to Cutthroat Lake and Pass suffered damage from rot and a heavy snow load this winter, causing a stringer to fail. The current state of the bridge, about 2 miles from the trailhead, a little beyond the spur trail to the lake, is particularly hazardous for stock, but it presents risks to all trail users.
The foot log accessing Cutthroat Lake has also failed. The outlet stream can be forded, but people should use caution, especially with dogs and children, according to the Methow Valley Ranger District.
The ranger district has flagged the area and put up warning signs at both the trailhead and at the bridge saying that use of the bridge is not recommended. There is no good stock ford across the creek.
The ranger district hopes to safely decommission the existing failed structure and then build a new bridge.