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hikerdmb
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4/16/2010
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Leaving tomorrow for an overnight BP trip to Pinyon Ridge. It is over 4000 feet elevation so it should be perfect weather and hopefully clear skies with just a sliver of a new moon in the west. Last year when I did this hike I saw no one except the jet pilot who buzzed my dog and I as we hiked out.
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Awesome
Please be sure to post your trip report.
How long is the hike?

We are going to hike to Goat canyon Trestle on Saturday or Sunday
Have you done the route from Indian Hill?

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Bob,
The hike to Pinyon Ridge is about 5 miles each way. It is a very up and down hike with a little more up than down on the way in. Once out there I will camp amongst Pinyon Pine trees and have a terrific view down onto Borrego Springs and out to the Salton Sea. It is a fun hike and you can even climb Wilson Peak once out to the end of the trail. Wilson Peak is not too much of a climb but there is a register on top to sign and a nice 360 degree view.

I have been to the trestle once. We climbed up past Mortero Palms and then down to the trestle. We followed the train tracks down hill and then came back through Indian Hill to the road and hiked back to our truck at Mortero Palms. I think we figured it was about 13 miles or so. The best part was when we got out of the Indian Hill area a guy came by in a truck and offered us a ride for about a mile and also a very very cold Coors Light. My friend almost fell off the back of the tailgate as we got our free ride/beer but it was worth it. I have also hiked through Indian Hill and the RR camp and out toward the trestle but we stopped when we got to a place with a good view of Goat Canyon. It was very cool hiking through the tunnels and I remember on our way back you leave Carrizo Gorge and come through a tunnel and when you come out of the tunnel you are in the Indian Hill side again. It was a very dramatic change of scenery. Hopefully you can get through the tunnels. We had to crawl under a couple of gates to get through one or two of them.

Have a great hike and I hope it is not too hot down there this weekend.
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Hi david,
That is the part I am interested in. When you said you followed the tracks back to Indian Hill do you mean to the end of the area where you can drive past Indian Hill and park?
I would kind of like to hike along the tracks but I am concerned we may get ticketed.
What are your thoughts.

Your hike sounds great and a lot cooler *temperature wise. smile
Bob
hikerdmb wrote:
Bob,
The hike to Pinyon Ridge is about 5 miles each way. It is a very up and down hike with a little more up than down on the way in. Once out there I will camp amongst Pinyon Pine trees and have a terrific view down onto Borrego Springs and out to the Salton Sea. It is a fun hike and you can even climb Wilson Peak once out to the end of the trail. Wilson Peak is not too much of a climb but there is a register on top to sign and a nice 360 degree view.

I have been to the trestle once. We climbed up past Mortero Palms and then down to the trestle. We followed the train tracks down hill and then came back through Indian Hill to the road and hiked back to our truck at Mortero Palms. I think we figured it was about 13 miles or so. The best part was when we got out of the Indian Hill area a guy came by in a truck and offered us a ride for about a mile and also a very very cold Coors Light. My friend almost fell off the back of the tailgate as we got our free ride/beer but it was worth it. I have also hiked through Indian Hill and the RR camp and out toward the trestle but we stopped when we got to a place with a good view of Goat Canyon. It was very cool hiking through the tunnels and I remember on our way back you leave Carrizo Gorge and come through a tunnel and when you come out of the tunnel you are in the Indian Hill side again. It was a very dramatic change of scenery. Hopefully you can get through the tunnels. We had to crawl under a couple of gates to get through one or two of them.

Have a great hike and I hope it is not too hot down there this weekend.
David


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Bob,
When we followed the tracks downhill from the trestle we came out by the RR Camp and then followed the old jeep road and came out at the wash where everybody seems to park to hike up to the cave in Indian Hill. We did not stay on the tracks all the way around the loop that goes around that area. Also both times I have been on the tracks the train was not capable of running (one of the tunnels was completely collapsed and we had to go around that part) so we were not concerned too much with getting caught by anyone. I am not sure now what is up. I had heard the train was not running but just last month when I was in the area by the big water tank (along the tracks) the number of train cars was cut in half from one trip to the next so there had to be some movement along the tracks. There was about 2 weeks between the trips when the cars moved. That is a tough call on what to do now on following the tracks or not. Are you feeling lucky?
I hope it is a great hike! I will definitely post some pics from my BP trip.
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4/18/2010
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Thanks David,
Our trip fell through.
I am shooting again for next weekend or possibly a mid-week trek out there.

Hope your Backpacking trip went well
Bob

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Bob,
Sorry your plans fell through. Just got home an hour or so ago and had a great time. I will post some pictures and a trip report later.
David
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4/18/2010
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Great David,

Look forward to your pictures and report.

Bob

hikerdmb wrote:
Bob,
Sorry your plans fell through. Just got home an hour or so ago and had a great time. I will post some pictures and a trip report later.
David


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