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Not a hard hike interns kf the trail, flat and easy. can get bery hot tho, start early and bring PLENTY of water.
Really cool ruins and abandoned trains and what not as well as tunnels.

Yep trails closed. Didn’t see anyone ticketing but once you get to the first tunnel there is a big gate with no trespassing signs!

It’s too late the railroad is ticketing hikers using the tracks. Be warned they are out there and looking for hikers. Could bring a heavy fine with the trespassing ticket. This trail is officially closed by the railroad.

July 3,2018 : Still Open! No sign of construction starting. If you have been thinking of doing this trail for a while like I have, don’t wait! DO IT! I heard the construction will still likely happen preventing you from hiking this amazing trail. It was in the 90F when we did it mid day. 3L of Water per person was just barely enough water to get us there and back. I would rate the actual trail as easy, it’s flat w no elevation, but each way to the main Trestle is approx. 7-9 miles depending how many detours you take and exploring you do. Our hike totaled 18miles monitored with my Garmin. However due to the length and duration of this hike in the heat I would say it is difficult. The shade of the tunnels provides relief as they are easily 10-20degrees cooler than the exposed trail. Bring lots of food and water. We are athletic and our feet were pretty raw by the end of this hike. We had every Trestle and tunnel to ourselves and walking this trail is like time traveling to the Wild West. It is epic, tons of amazing photos to be taken, and parking at the nudist resort proved to be easy and memorable to say the least.

Great hike with an awesome waterfall to play around or near. Fun little "pool" area at the base of the falls to cool down in. Our dog loved it too. If u do bring your dog go early because of the heat....and plenty of water for you and your pooch. Hike back wasn't too bad, the last .5 mile back was probably the hardest. Only saw one snake..

We did this hike Sunday 7/15 and it is STILL OPEN! We got there around 4:45am (we knew it was going to be 105 degrees with no shade during the day) and parked at the dirt patch 1/4 mile before De Anza Resort since they were not open yet. We started the trail at 520am. The sun was starting to come up so we had a little sunlight and started following the train tracks. We arrived at the main trestle around 9am. We stopped and took pictures and chilled at certain areas. Once your at the main trestle you can hop over the chains and scope the other side of the trestle. Looks like you can keep going but we turned around and went back since the heat starting coming around 10am and we knew it was a 2-3 hr walk back. We got back to our car around 1pm. It took us over 6 hours with picture taking, chillin, scoping the trains.

Overall this hike was amazing! Definitely a unique gem. The views are stunning, the tunnels, trains, and trestle have so much preserved history. Its insane! We brought 5 liters of water between 2 people and sandwiches. We also brought an umbrella (helped tremendously with the sun) since we knew there was no shade. The hike back to the car was brutal with the heat and the sun. If we didn’t have umbrellas we would of been burning. Also bring flash lights for the tunnels especially handy for the longer ones. Bring lots of water and some snacks and enjoy the journey of this hike!

mountain biking
1 month ago

It’s great for everyone! It’s paved so you can bring grandma and at 6 miles round trip you can run or go multiple times. The scenery is fantastic and it’s about 15 minutes from everywhere in San Diego!

Beautiful views. Make sure to purchase a permit. One permit for 5 people. Bring plenty of water and food. Don't forget your hat and sunscreen lotion because there are no shades. It was easy on the way down to the water fall. Yet, on the way back was a challenging. There was a little snake in the water. Be careful. I was there last week, July 1st.

As of 04Jul2018 trail is STILL OPEN!

While on my hike, I actually encountered a few engineers on their miniature trolley thing and they warned me that they are going to close down the trail in "a few weeks". I quote this because apparently from what the locals have told me, the engineers have been saying this for a long while now. I still encourage everyone to go though! If you are going to start your hike before 8am (you can park your car at the resort for a small fee starting at 8am) I suggest you park your car on the small dirt patch that is less than 1/2 mile from the resort. It'll be on the right, and if you don't park like a fool you should be able to fit three cars.

I started on the trailhead at around 7:30am and brought 3 L of water. Ended up drinking only 2 L. It was very hot and dry and by midday the temp was at around 91°F with a slight breeze. I finished the hike in about 5.5 hours. Make sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat, headlamp, plenty of water, snacks and something sweet to keep your blood sugar up on these hot days. Know the signs of heat exhaustion before going out on this hike! There is very little cover on this trail. The only shady spots you'll encounter are in the train tunnels, especially if you start later in the day.

Walking along the many trestles was a lot of fun. When you get to the actual Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge you'll see two flimsy chains on either end. Hop scotch on over and enjoy the view!

Great hike and a true gem among the many hikes to explore in and around San Diego.

STILL OPEN
we went sunday june 24th we looked like the only ones out there we started our walk at 6:30 so we couldn't park at the resort we parked right under the 8 freeway and followed the tracks from there
i do really recommend lots of water we finished 3 liters per person and a couple watermelon slices ...still felt like we needes more and it wasnt even HOT until our last miles back out around 1:30
the bridge was soooo worth it so get out there early to beat the heat and soon because based on a couple of the last reviews and a few other sites this may close down soon

Didn’t get to the falls (couldn’t get a $10 permit) but nice hike nonetheless

walking
1 month ago

This is a paved walking/running/biking trail. Great views. There are many ways in/out if you don't want to do the whole route.

The trail is open!!!
No construction crew what so ever, looks like they have a lot of repairing to do.
Just park your car at the resort, pay $10,- and you’re off!
Bring lots of water, very hot in June.

hiking
2 months ago

Love this hike! Good amount of parking, scenic mountains on the way down and decent work out on the way back. Wear a bathing suit and pack a lunch and hang near the water for a bit. I swam before hiking back to help beat the heat. There is zero shade besides down by the water so be smart. I went last week and there really was just a trickle vs a waterfall but definitely still worth the hike. Oh and get your permit - they checked mine at the tent before entering and then again after I had already done ~2 miles.

This trail appears to be officially dead, if you want to get a look at the trestle you are going to have to do it for Mortero Palms and view it from Anza Borrego property.

The tracks leading to it from both ends are part of the Pacific Imperial Railways right of way through Anza Borrego State Park. I think you can still legally get close enough to see it, you just can't go into the 100 yard right of way of the rail company.

Easily one of my favorite hikes I've ever done. Definitely one of a kind! If you're nervous about the distance, don't be. The other trails to get to the trestle might be shorter, but they require a lot of scrambling and don't feature all the graffiti trains and tunnels. We walked through 13 tunnels one way!

The walk was flat and easy and completely worth all the views. $5/person is worth it to park at the nudist camp. They're all nice people and not creepy- promise. Use great care when playing on the trains and the trestle, but don't make any more excuses for not going. You'll love it.

Trail head is non existent, the best part was on the south side of the tracks which was hard to find. I only found it after a biker showed me where it was but construction there limits truly enjoying all of it. The best part is off of Gennesee south side of tracks otherwise you may end up on the north side and miss it due to the tracks. Plenty of wild flowers even white poppies?

Tougher than it looks.

One of my favorites. My favorite in chula vista

trail running
2 months ago

Highways for days

mountain biking
2 months ago

Perfect biking trail for any rider. All the shade makes it an obvious choice when other trails are too hot. It has a great flow to it in either direction and allows you to quickly access surrounding trails if this isn't long enough.

Fun fun fun!!!!
No problems as far as being stopped by patrol.
Parked at DeAnza, paid 5 dollars EACH. It's getting hot, so if heat is an issue, I'd wait until it cools down.
Headlight, flashlight, and a lot of water. I have 3L camelback and two bottles and drank all of it.
Really interesting trail, with a lot of photo ops, so keep your camera ready!!
If you are afraid of heights, prepare for some adrenaline rushes as you cross bridges, but so much fun, you'll want to push on!

This hike was a lot of fun! Went on Saturday, temps were high, but manageable with shady parts, and the tunnels were nice and cool. Completely flat trail, but fairly long in the heat. Bring flashlights/headlamp for tunnels, but make sure to look up and check out the cool bats! We didn't run into anyone saying we were trespassing, and there are definitely no signs, still a clearly marked trail. We were charged $10 to park, which I thought was odd, but all in all, a great hike!

This place is amazing for intermediate mountain bike riding. There are a lot of trails that lead to the same destination. The beginning of the trail starts of with a lot of big bushes and lead to the long trees and branches near the lake. There will be a lot of unexpected turns and you can get little scratches so make sure to wear long pants. There are so many hills and turns and you can really enjoy the ride. Once you get deeper into the trail it’s almost like a desert, lots of open grainy terrain, and small bushes. If you go around summer, the sun will be on you so hard, so make sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. Be careful for snakes and bugs!!! But overall this trail is amazing and the end result rewarding. I always feel the ride back to the parking area is a shorter ride than the way in!!! My husband and I love it so much, it’s become one of our favorite trails.

birding
2 months ago

Very pleasant, shady, lots of birds. Trail is wide and smooth.

It had a beautiful Scenic Mountain View overlooking the lake a lot of winding roads great for biking! Really close to the Olympic training center! USA!! XD

We have been back each week & enjoyed seeing the lovely advance of spring with the tiny alpine flowers for the past 6 weeks. The mallards now are raising their broods on little Laguna lake. As are the Red Wings. We really enjoy the peace & beauty of this trail.

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