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Confusion Hill on the Redwood Highway
South Fork of the Eel River, California

Confusion Hill is one of those strange little tourist traps from the early days of family road trips, similar to the Mystery Spot and the Oregon Vortex. My parents would never stop at them, but they were impossible to miss, with billboards announcing them for miles in advance. Several still survive along the South Fork Eel River (but I still avoid them).

This upper canyon of the South Fork is plagued by perennial landslides. Just north of Confusion Hill there is one of the most intractable, so bad that Caltrans decided to build two huge bridges to bypass it. The southern bridge, completed in 2009, is 1395 feet long and 253 feet above the river, the northern one 531 feet by 140 feet high.


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Confusion Hill on the Redwood Highway

Confusion Hill on the Redwood Highway

Confusion Hill, a classic roadside attraction on the Redwood Highway

Confusion Hill, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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Confusion Hill

Confusion Hill

Confusion Hill offers gifts, snacks, mysterious anomalies and a train ride

Confusion Hill, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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Confusion Hill Bridge

Confusion Hill Bridge

On the southern of two new bridges on Highway 101 at Confusion Hill, bypassing landslides on the original Redwood Highway

near Confusion Hill, California

Date photographed: June 23, 2010
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Confusion Hill Slides and Bridge

Confusion Hill Slides and Bridge

After years of expense Caltrans decided to bypass the Confusion Hill slides with two new bridges

near Confusion Hill, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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Slides on the South Fork Eel River

Slides on the South Fork Eel River

Huge landslides, as here at Confusion Hill, are common on Highway 101 along the South Fork of the Eel River

near Confusion Hill, California

Date photographed: June 22, 2010
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