Sparky is getting better at navigating carriage roads and not getting lost! Woo-hoo! Today she biked the Amphitheater valley that was carved out by glaciers. The carriage road that runs from Jordan Pond to the Amphitheater Bridge has THREE beautiful bridges. It's a trip out and back of about 4.8 miles, with some significant climbing, to an elevation of about 580 feet, a great workout for Sparky!
This time she had her map, her supplementary directions, and having been out this direction before, remembered (thank heaven for small miracles, offers E.) how to get back!
You start at the south end of Jordan Pond. Cross over the Jordan Dam Pond Bridge and follow the carriage road for .1 of a mile. Take a LEFT at intersection 14, and the road climbs and climbs. In about a half mile, the road turns sharply to the left, and TADA! The first bridge on this stretch of road. This is the West Branch Bridge.
It has a very narrow, six foot wide arch and is modeled after a bridge in Central Park. Several of Rockefeller's bridges are modeled after some of his favorite ones from New York's Central Park. Not long after crossing West Branch Bridge, there is yet another bridge that is awesome! It's the Cliffside Bridge. The Cliffside Bridge is 230 feet long. The bridge looks like an English castle with the tower viewing sections.
There are viewing platforms and fancy chutes that drain water from the carriage roads. They sort of look like gun turrets.
|Viewing tower on the Cliffside Bridge|
One more bridge to see....Sparky continued onward to the next intersection, taking a RIGHT at signpost 21. As you come to the end of the Amphitheater valley, here comes the Amphitheater Bridge, the longest in the carriage road bridge system at 245 feet. It is WONDERFUL!
Here's what the trail looks like passing under the bridge.
Because it's been raining quite heavily off and on, there was a waterfall to be seen through the bridge tunnel. The waterfall is much heavier and faster in the spring, I would imagine.