Glen Aulin Bridge Bypass

Glen Aulin Bridge Bypass


Important Information for 2018 Hikers

Conness Creek Bridge, which hikers use to access Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, received significant damage from winter floods. Though the National Park Service is working to repair the bridge, it is unlikely to be completed prior to your trip. There is an alternate way to access Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp via crossing the creek. Click here to view a map that indicates a general area that visitors and NPS administrative staff have used safely; but be advised that you should choose a crossing you deem safe within your own abilities and capacity for risk.

Visitors should expect to wade Conness Creek, which is flowing moderately and up to 2’ deep. All Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp guests must review safety information provided.

Safety recommendations for creek crossing: 

  • Never underestimate the danger associated with stream crossing.
  • Bring a spare pair of sandals or sneakers to change into. Crossing barefoot decrease traction and exposes your feet to submerge hazards such as boulders, logs, and lost fishing tackle. 
  • Bring a hiking pole or use a sturdy stick to provide three points of contact with the river bottom and increase balance. 
  • Check with a ranger for current river conditions along your route prior to entering the wilderness. 
  • Creek crossing are often easiest to cross in the cool, early mornings when the volume of water is lower making them shallower with a slower current. Current can rise significantly within a few hours on warm sunny days or after heavy rains, making a slow stream an impassable torrent.
  • Select a route through the widest channels or where there are many channels instead of just one. As water disperses it flows slower and becomes shallower. 
  • Spend time walking up and downstream in order to find a crossing site suitable for the entire group. 
  • Be aware of hazards downstream. Never attempt to cross above rapids or falls. 
  • Release the waist and sternum belts on your pack. Should you fall, you must be able to remove the pack. 
  • Finally, always include an option for a retreat back to shore should the crossing become too difficult. Never over-commit yourself to one route.