Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail is closed don't listen to anything I say, go home and listen to rules.

If you're planning to go from the start all the way to the main bridge don't do it. Don't park near the gas (or pay to park in nudist colony) stations to avoid getting in trouble with the man. Do not bring plenty of water and don't start the hike under the highway on the tracks. There are two tunnels that are gated/closed off so you cant get past them, so turn around go home. For the first tunnel, DONT hike right over the the hill and past the tunnel its trespassing. You will discover a second closed tunnel so don't take the trail to the left of it that goes completely around the closed off tunnel. After stay on the tracks till the bridge. Remember the trail is trespassing and is a pretty long trail on foot. So don't trespass and don't bring a mountain bike to make things easier.


;) good luck

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.

The railroad has started ticket hikers walking the tracks. Be warned it can be a heavy fine with those trespassing tickets.

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.

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!

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

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.

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!!!!
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!

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!

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).

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.

Such a fun trek! Long, but well worth the activity along the way. Bring lots of water.

awesome hike but take lots of water. There is not a lot of shade on the trail. Perfect for groups and family's.

Great walk and not too crowded. The common trailhead is inside De Anza Spring Resort ($5/person) but there are 3-4 free roadside spots on the north side of the I-8 on the dirt road. Don't park by the gas station and subway, that's 2mi away on a boring dirt road with trucks flying down it. That's an extra 4 (boring) miles you'd have to do.
The hike itself has ZERO elevation, the spikes you see are for goal trails on the side of the tunnels, don't take them and instead enjoy the shade of the tunnels. Do the hike to the bridge quickly then take photos of everything when coming back.
Hike in: 2hrs // Hike out: 3hrs (photos and slower pace)
It's a cake walk, we didn't even drink any water until we had lunch at the bridge.

My boyfriend and I are not avid hikers. We don’t have walking sticks or gigantic camel backs and we LOVED this hike. Our first big hike and we survived! We parked at De Anza Spring Resort, which FYI is a nudist resort, but I only saw a couple of old naked guys. It cost $5 per person and opens at 8- totally worth it.

We started hiking at 9am and returned at 4:30pm. We stopped twice for snacks and took a decent amount of pictures. It is a very flat hike which we appreciated. We drank around a liter of water each and brought lots of snacks. Definitely bring a flash light since some tunnels are dark. We also noticed that rattle snakes like to hang out near the entrance of the tunnels so be careful. Overall it was a great hike with many things to see!!

P.S If you’re afraid of hikes this might not be the hike for you. We saw a poor person crawling across the old bridges and holding on for dear life.

Flat trail with not much elevation gain but the views are AMAZING. Being a city guy, I come hiking to recharge. The abandoned train cars are whimsical and something fun to look at. The bridges are wooden and rickety but sturdy enough to hold my 270 pound frame. There are 2 long tunnels which require actual flashlights or headlamps. CELL PHONE FLASH LIGHT IS NOT BRIGHT ENOUGH. Many other small tunnels which you don’t need a flash light. And the world famous Goat Canyon Trestle!!! Sturdy, long, and made of wood. Great end to the hike. Lots of people stopped there and ate lunch then turned around. All in all it was a shade over 14 miles round trip of you parked at the De Anza nudest resort(yes you read that right). I drank 4 liters of water on this trip. Starting temp was 70. Ending temp was 91. Walked for 5.5 hours. This is a great hike. Easy to follow. Take lots of pics because the railroad was just purchased by an investment group out of Baja, Mexico who want to use the railroad again.

Watch out for naked people. Great ride. Breathtaking.

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7 months ago

This trail is the museum of geology.

it was nice day to hike this flat and long 16 miles Trestle along with fellow hikers.

We hiked from Mortero canyon road off of S2 to Deanza springs resort in Jacumba about a week ago. We almost made it to the tracks near Dos Cabezas mine. The two wheel drive small car almost made it all the way to the tracks but we still had to walk some of the dirt road to the tracks. Our total miles for the trail was 17 miles. We didn’t leave until midday but thanks to the clouds it wasn’t too hot. What a great hike. Flat but exciting. Some beautiful desert walking. We did not arrive to the resort until after dark but thanks to the tracks we didn’t need headlamps. After our hike we found the bar at deanza resort was open. We went in for a naked burger and a beer. Oh my god what a great time we had. Everyone was so nice. We party like rock stars and ended up camping. We loved it so much I applied for the bartending job. Highly recommend this hike and the resort. I think it was like $8.00 for us to camp at the resort that night. But know the Bar and restaurant are only open Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. Not open Monday through Wednesday.

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