High Bridge Over Box Cañon Falls

The climb up to the High Bridge is only about 200 feet in elevation and 1/4 mile long.  They start you with 96 steps that end at a small viewing area (with benches – yea!).  From that area one has a good view over Ouray to the Cascade Falls on the other side of town (if you look at the first picture you can see, in the lower middle, a small white line). In the second picture you can also identify the falls but to the left, the grey-orange area of cliffs, is known as the Blowout.  This is the result of volcanic activity some 60 million years ago. After the viewing area, it is a dirt/gravel path that is fairly steep but not too bad and mostly good path.  It is designed, I am sure, so folks our age and up can do it.  As you can see I had to stop some on the way up and Bob likes to take a picture to show I was there! At the top (8,100 feet) you can see down into the canyon and the creek. Again, you cannot really see the falls but if you looked through the bottom of the bridge you could see the pool at the bottom of the falls.  Bob’s issue with heights makes it difficult enough for him to go out on the bridge – no way could he take a picture straight down.  I am not sure how high above the creek we were but it was enough to make me worry a little about the bridge that was built in 1900! In the fourth picture you get a sense of our height above the creek as you can barely see the white ribbon of water. The sixth picture is looking up the creek (above the falls) and the seventh back down below the falls (from the bridge- go Bob! – he makes himself experience these things even though it makes him uncomfortable). As you can see I made it to the top!

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