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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California. Five hundred miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas and many miles of hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the California Desert. The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features varied desert terrain and habitats, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. Listening devices for the hearing impaired are available in the visitor center. Many visitors approach from the east via Highways S22, S2, or 78. Visitors from San Diego and other points west arrive via Highways 79 and 78 can have the added pleasure of driving through the mountainous Cuyamaca Rancho State Park--quite a different experience from Anza-Borrego. The highways from the west climb to 2,400 feet or so and then descend about 2,000 feet to the valley. Where the highway breaks out of the high-country vegetation, it reveals the great bowl of the Anza-Borrego desert. The valley spreads below, and there are mountains all around. The Santa Rosa Mountains on the north side of this basin are notably grand. The surrounding mountains are wilderness, with no paved roads in or out or through. They have the only all-year-flowing watercourse in the park. They are the home of the peninsular bighorn sheep, often called desert bighorn. Few park visitors ever see them; the sheep wary in their defense against predators. A patient few observers each year see and count them, to learn how this endangered species is coping with human encroachment.

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.

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.

Fun fun fun!!!

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!

Loved this trail!! Saw a bunny and some Bighorn sheep while on this trail!

off road driving
11 days ago

Some moderately rough spots but my stock 2002 Land Cruiser didn’t have any issue with any of it. Recommend for some fun wheelin.

Hey does anyone know if the trail is closed yet and how would you be able to find out ?

Thanks , hoping to go this Sunday :)

A nice trail! but in a wrong weather - 90 °F with no shadow during the walk - I started at 9:30am and returned around 1:30pm because I played drone there... I would say hiking in June is really not a good idea, lol. I parked my car at Deanza Springs Resort with paid $5 registration fee in the office. Don't forget to bring your headlight because some tunnels are dark and long, don't forget to bring enough water and don't forget to start your hiking early when the weather is cool. Enjoy!

This is not impassable by car, like another reviewer mentioned. You would be better off in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, but we made it in a tiny front wheel drive Ford Fiesta. Some people just give up too quick, but then if you’re reading this, hopefully you’re not one of those people.

The dirt road is quite long, but you’ll get out of your car at the junction right near the abandoned train tracks. You’ll see the water tower slightly off to the left of you. Also, before you start the hike, make sure to play a game of pool. That’s right! Someone bought a pool table out there in the middle of the desert with balls, cues, and even chalk! It was kind of surreal when I saw it, and the experience made for some interesting pictures. If your car is parked perpendicular to the train tracks, the pool table is on a small hill approximately 50 feet or so to the right from there.

It’s a cool little hike. Just make sure to sign the registry at the top.

Great hike. The terrain you hike on constantly shifts from train track to bridge or to tunnels. The entire trip from the resort to the trestle and back was about 16 miles if you like to explore around a bit. The hike had no elevation gain and was rather easy but the desert summer heat is really cruel and can wear you down really hard on hot days.

Anyway, this hike will be permanently close in 2-4 weeks so go while it ‘s still available.

We did this hike on Memorial Day. Needed to get out of the cold weather we’ve been having in San Diego so didn’t mind the 100 degree heat at noon when we hit the trail. There was actually a nice breeze blowing most of the time so the heat wasn’t oppressive. Brought plenty of water and some calories with us and just went at a steady pace. Boulders a bit hot but still manageable and plenty of shade in the palm grove the closer you get to the top. Nearly impossible to get lost since all trail derivations go in the same direction. Saw a couple of bighorn sheep near the top. You definitely want to be mindful of the cactus that jut out onto the trail but otherwise it is an easy and well marked and maintained trail. Cold beer at Carlee’s afterward was a must. I would do it again for sure when there is water flowing.

Great walk! We started a little before 9 AM so the hike there was fairly cool, but the way back was brutal sun/heat. Definitely bring lots of water! Echo what other posters have said below- the construction crew told us the trail would be permanently closed in 2 weeks and anyone walking would be cited for trespassing. Recommend getting this in before it’s gone.

Also- bring a flashlight! Some of the tunnels are very dark and you need to watch for possibility of snakes (we didn’t see any).

23 days ago

Great hike! Rock climbing, long hike and great views. :)

Get it while you can. Crew working on tracks said within 2-3 weeks everything will be off limits due to explosives, rebuilding and ultimately tracks put back to use. Well worth the trek.

Nice variation in terrain from start to finish. Gradual uphill incline that gets progressively more interesting as you get closer and closer to the falls. Definitely easy to moderate in cool to warm conditions. It was 79° and breezy on the day we did it. I could see this being a difficult trek on a 100+° day, pack your water and dress accordingly. Some good traction boots and a sense of navigation helps on this one, as you negotiate your way through the various palm groves. Trailhead is easily accessed, no dirt or gravel roads to deal with. Highly recommend if you’re in the area and looking for something scenic, lengthy, not super difficult, and memorable.

Trickle of water at The falls. Had a beautiful cooler weekend in late May to be able to hike this. If you like boulder hopping this was moderate opportunity for you at the high end.

hiking
24 days ago

05/26/2018, enjoyed the hike on a very cold day! After 4.9 miles of off-road to get to the Trailhead, you start on the north side of the PCT. Ducks are positioned to make it up the slippery Bucksnort Mt to Combs Peak! Thrilled to sign the Peak Log and locate all 3 Geological Benchmarks! Rallied up 6.02 RT miles and 1,666 ft. elevation gains. Lastly, met a few first PCT hikers to attempt the entire journey!

Closed. Who has a key to one of the 5 locks?

off road driving
1 month ago

Did this trail in a stock JL Sahara no issues, definitely don’t suggest doing in anything bigger then a wrangler as there was a few spots where it was a squeeze.

Great road, good starter trail for those looking to try out offroad driving. We camped as well, which was very windy but a great time. Fantastic view of the night sky. Also, the wind caves are a short hike off of the main wash. Overall, highly recommend taking a trip out this way.

Had a great time here. Fun offroad driving, difficult at times, but beautiful scenery. We camped off of the trail, which was very nice. We will absolutely be back again once the weather gets cooler.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took the FJ Cruiser with the family. Easy and lots of fun. Very tranquil sites to see. Can be done with 2wd but don’t stop in the sand.

hiking
1 month ago

If your in the area you must stop and see the slot. It’s so amazing. Easy to get to from the 78. No 4wd needed.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took the family in the FJ Cruiser and had no problem taking this trail on. Would recommend if you do decide to cross the rock slide area then have at least 4wd and a lift. Very spiritual and very tranquil.

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing views once you’re at the top. Easy trail for even 2wd and even saw a Prius C drive up at some point. Only had to engage 4Hi to back into a soft sand spot to set up our tent along the drive up. Overall great experience but make sure you’re prepped with shade, water and a portable restroom of sorts if you plan on spending the night along the trail somewhere.

on Cactus Loop Trail

hiking
1 month ago

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