29. October 2012 19:15
We took a quick overnight trip out to Anza Borrego to hike the tracks a bit and explore the Indian Hill area.
I had not been out to the southern Anza Borrego desert since they started construction of the Ocotillo Express wind farm and was saddened to see the damage.
Where once stood large forests of Ocotillo, now resembled something out of an apocalyptic nightmare. The monstrous wind towers dwarfed anything around them and along with the huge SDG&E switchyard and imposing Sunrise Powerlink transmission towers have forever industrialized the tranquil desert around Ocotillo.
Ironic isn’t it, that something marketed as "Green" has d... [More]
26. February 2012 05:16
I left the coast on an overcast morning with a cold north wind blowing. Daren had invited me to check out some pictographs he had found around the Jacumba area so I was excited to make the trip.
Once I hit Lakeside the clouds disappeared and the clear blue skies beckoned me eastward. We had planned to meet at the Subway / gas station in Jacumba , so I arrived a bit early to pick up a sandwich.
The place was busy with people heading east towing all types of sand toys. Funny how the desert means different things to different people. To some there is nothing better than blasting up the dunes at Glamis, while to others a quiet hike ... [More]
1. May 2010 15:36
Tucked away in the southern end of the Anza Borrego Desert is an engineering marvel that, due to its' remoteness, has only been viewed by a relatively small number of people. The Goat Canyon Trestle was built in 1932 after an earthquake collapsed one of the tunnels of the Carrizo Gorge section of the San Diego Arizona Railroad.
At two hundred feet tall and 750 feet long, it remains to this day the longest, tallest curved wooden trestle ever built in the United States. The sheer ruggedness of the mountainous terrain as well as the searing desert temperatures warranted the name "The Impossible Railroad".
The preferred route is to park near Mo... [More]
22. April 2010 14:27
I left early Wednesday morning with the plan to do a solo day hike out to the Goat Canyon Trestle in the southern Anza Borrego desert.
According to weather reports the rain that was hitting the coast wasn't suppose to hit Ocotillo until Thursday. Sure there were high wind warnings for the deserts and the mountains but hey, what's a little wind ?
As I began to drive up the grade past Pine Valley for my eventual descent into the desert, I quickly realized that this was not an ordinary Spring storm. Rain had quickly turned to snow as I approached the Sunrise Highway turn-off. Snow? Wait, isn't Memorial Day weekend with it... [More]
23. February 2009 05:50
Goat Canyon Trestle has been called the highest wood trestle in the United States. It was constructed in 1932 after an earthquake collapsed one of the railroad tunnels in Goat Canyon and is 600ft. in length and 180ft. tall at its'highest point. Due to the complete remoteness and volatile nature of the terrain, the Carrizo Gorge railroad is nothing short of an engineering marvel.
It has been 4 years since we have hiked out to the Goat Canyon Trestle from the Mortero Palms trailhead. I have been itching to do this hike again and finally it looked like things were falling into place. This time we were accompanied by my sister Linda and later by... [More]
13. April 2008 05:07
Well I have been studying Google maps as well as my GPS map software and it looked like it was possible to hike along Carrizo Gorge/Creek trail to the mouth of Goat Canyon . If you have been reading my BLOG you know that Goat Canyon is home of the world famous Goat Canyon Trestle. At two hundred feet tall and 750 feet long, it is one of the tallest, longest wood trestles ever built often described as an engineering marvel or "the impossible railroad".
Previously, when it was somewhat legal, we hiked along the tracks from Dos Cabezas to reach the trestle and in another adventure, Mary Kaiel and I did a 3 hour hike from Morter... [More]
1. January 2005 18:36
History At the time it was built the Carrizo Gorge Track in the southern portion of Anza Borrego was called the "impossible railroad" due to the fact that it required the construction of 17 tunnels and numerous trestles to negotiate the foreboding terrain. This engineering marvel was completed in 1919 with the final spike being driven by railroad owner John D. Spreckels on Nov.15, 1919.
In the past we have hiked along the tracks which takes you through amazing tunnels and over smaller wood trestles before climaxing at the 600' long and 200' trestle. Unfortunately this is not recommended as the Carrizo Gorge Railw... [More]
1. January 2005 02:02
Hiking the last 300 yards down into Goat Canyon to view the Goat Canyon Trestle [More]