Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wapama Falls bridge

Two backpackers died crossing the Wapama Falls bridge on June 29 during late season high flows on Falls Creek, which feeds Wapama Falls and empties into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.  Falls Creek reached its highest flow of the snowmelt season on the 29th due to a late Alaskan cold front bringing heavy rain to the high country and accelerating snowmelt. 

Wapama Falls bridge spans a steep and dynamic portion of Wapama Falls with massive boulders and swift flows, even during low flow periods.  Please use caution and common sense when crossing swift water.  Read more at LAist.