Goat Canyon Trestle Viewpoint via Mortero Palms

Date: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Hike Leaders:

  • Scott Turner, Co-Author of the 5th Edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County.
  • Ashley Kvitek, ABF Education & Outreach Coordinator

$45 / $35 for ABF Members

Not Quite Mike's Hikes **These hikes are geared towards a more adventurous audience, capable of hiking off-trail over rough terrain for extended periods of time. Hiking will be our focus but you’re sure to learn a thing or two about the Park’s diverse ecosystems along the way.**

This 6-mile strenuous hike starts at the Mortero Palms Trailhead and follows a steep canyon to one of the densest palm groves in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A half dozen morteros, namesakes of the grove, are also found nearby. After this shady stop, the hike continues up the canyon, west across a saddle, and drops into Goat Canyon where cholla, agave and ocotillo cover the desert floor.

From here, we will follow the ridgeline. This arduous climb will be well worth the effort when you see the monumental view of Goat Canyon Trestle below. Part of what’s known as “The Impossible Railroad,” Goat Canyon trestle was built in 1932 after an earthquake collapsed one of the tunnels of the Carrizo Gorge section of the San Diego and Arizona Railway. The trestle is 200 feet tall and 750 feet long.

Even though the miles covered are few, this hike is considered strenuous because of the rough terrain and boulder hopping required. Please come prepared for an all-day, off-trail adventure. Due to the difficulty of this hike, and to ensure the enjoyment of the group, the hike leaders reserve the right to turn away any participant that they deem unprepared for the adventure. 

Meet: To be determined. We will email participants before the hike with all necessary information

Bring: Plenty of water, long sleeves, pants, a hat, suns protection, leather gloves, and sturdy hiking boots.

This hike will take you to a breathtaking viewpoint of the trestle, not to the actual trestle.  Hiking along or on the railroad tracks is strictly forbidden and is highly dangerous.