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railexplorer
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3/20/2017
railexplorer
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We headed out to the Goat Canyon Trestle last week. 3 of us rode in from De Anza Resort. We had originally planned to come in from Dos Cabezas but came in from the south because my son had not been through that part of the gorge. It had been 2 years since we had been in the gorge and a lot has changed. The most noticeable things were all of the rockfalls along the route and the graffiti.

One thing we did on this trip was spend some time at a few of the old work camp sites. My son, who loves history and anything old, had a great time looking at the camp sites and wondering what life was like and what was at the different sites. We had planned to go in search of a couple of sites, but due to the large number of people in the gorge (There were so many and more than a couple not prepared that we thought about starting a refreshment stand business out at the Trestle) we decided not to go off in search of work sites and have other people follow us. Our next trip out to the gorge will be focused on work camps and some work trails.

There was a pretty good wildflower bloom in progress and the cactus looked like they'll be in bloom any day now. There was lots of water flowing in the bottom of the gorge. You could here it flowing over small waterfalls and in the late afternoon there was more than one location where you could hear a lot of frogs croaking.

All in all a great trip.

Below are a few photos from the day.

Spring Bloom in Carrizo Gorge by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Bloom on tracks by Rail explorer, on Flickr


Cactus Bloom by Rail explorer, on Flickr

SDA&E Construction site by Rail explorer, on Flickr


The one major rockfall is at the North portal of tunnel 16, which is the tunnel on the north side of the Goat Canyon Trestle. If you go explore the fall beware that the rock above the fall has several large cracks in it, so there's more that's going to come down.

Inside Tunnel 16 by Rail explorer, on Flickr
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surfponto
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3/21/2017
surfponto
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Awesome. Always fun reading about Goat Canyon.
Thanks for sharing

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ziphius
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3/21/2017
ziphius
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Nice, too bad about the crowds.
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railexplorer
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3/21/2017
railexplorer
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ziphius wrote:
Nice, too bad about the crowds.


The crowds were a bit surprising. Some of the people were not equipped for the hike. One guy was wearing flip flops. A couple of others weren't really sure where they started their hike from and thought about heading back a different way. There was a dad out with his two children and a dog. He sent the kids and the dog through tunnel 16 and over the rockfall while he walked around on the old construction trail.

It felt like rookie hiker day on the trail.
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Britain
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3/23/2017
Britain
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Couple weeks ago we passed a lot of people with flip-flops. While up at the newer powder house looking down there was lots of people hiking. Some look like they were in agony and not very prepared. Going down the tracks is a fairly easy trip.

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