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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
Mountain bikingNo shade

07/26/2020. Parked under the bridge of Hwy. 8 .I set out to bike this trail . Left around 7:00am . Only a group of 3 hiking and myself for most of the day. I intended to hike it but saw a few You-Tube videos of bikers. This trek became 1/3 ride and 2/3 hike.Because of the 2 locked tunnels you have to take the long way around with some bouldering carrying the bike. Not too hard but it takes you through a lot of cactus.Hard to avoid the spines and got double flats before the main Trestle. Walked the bike the rest of the way. Self sealing tires would be a good recommendation. Had all the tunnels been open might not have been a problem. Walked over the main Trestle and left my bike and continued through the rock slide tunnel with a little bouldering on the far end and continued a few miles and few more tunnels to the 2 derailed cars down the hillside I had seen in a Huell Howser video. That’s where I turned around. Pretty hot day could have had more water but planned for a quicker bike ride. Had the whole area to myself until I passed the 3 hikers on the way back who were still 4 or 5 tunnels from reaching the main Trestle. Since I was already by the border I drove to Campo to see the PCT - hikers Southern Terminus. A lot of border wall building activity but got through some closed areas to take a picture of the trailhead monument.

Kenneth Laws reviewed Oriflamme Canyon Trail
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Trail is brutally long. Steep inclines. If you think you have enough water, bring more! No shade most of the day. Not a lot of hikers, more of an off roading trail. Otherwise, it was beautiful and if you can handle 15+ miles, I definitely recommend!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 22, 2020
HikingNo shade

so freakin hot. pack lots of water. we ran out and almost died. would not recommend going in 100° weather, wait until it cools down

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HikingNo shadeRocky

Very cool trail. Wouldn’t consider this a “hard” trail. The only part i would consider hard is going over the first tunnel. Other than that it’s a very easy hike, just stay on the tracks. If you start from under the bridge it’s a 16 mile hike ( 8 each way). Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Do NOT recommend for new hikers. There is no legit trail. It’s marked by stacked rocks and is easy to get lost on. Do the 14mile one, the trail is long but much safer and easier.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 6, 2020
HikingNo shadeOff trail

Park at DeAnza resort, check in and pay $5 (cash) per person at the main office. Most of the tunnels with reinforcement appear to be in “ok”shape except #14 which is longest of all the tunnels you have to cross through on this route since #8 is closed. This is the second to last tunnel you have to pass through to get to the bridge. The beginning and end sections are reinforced about 100ft in but the majority of the tunnel is natural rock. Small to medium sized rocks seem to be shedding and accumulating along the sides of the tunnel at this time. The route around, should you avoid the tunnel, is extremely primitive and seems to be more abandoned than the tunnel itself. You’ll struggle with steep terrain and a seemingly impossible amount of cactus. Proceed with a high level of caution with whatever route you choose. I wouldn’t judge you if you hiked six miles in with a bike helmet or hardhat for just tunnel 14. Would definitely make its passing feel safer.

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HikingBridge outNo shadePrivate propertyRockyScramble
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 31, 2020
Hiking

Awesome trail! From under the 8, takes a bit over 2 hours and about 7 miles as well. 14 miles plus to get there and back. Don’t worry about the sheriffs. None there on the weekend. Hiked the whole thing and no one in sight to cite you. Easy hike. Not hard. 2 tunnels need to be walked over and or around. The rest you can easily walk through. From the 8, it takes 11 tunnels to get to the trestle. It is not closed either. It’s open. Don’t listen to the post or news. The hike is very fun and you may encounter naked people since the nude resort is next to it from the south. I hiked it and yes, I was one of the naked ones. No one cares and I would gladly go again naked. Highly recommended hike. Flat as well. Just long. Not sure why they would label this as difficult. Take lots of water for there and back. At least 3 liters.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 29, 2020
Hiking

The rail workers are only there on the weekdays. Not weekends. Last weekend I went and everyone coming back from the hike said no one bothered them.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 26, 2020

Amazing hike, get there very early, or after high noon. Bring tons of water. If you park near the 8 overpass be prepared to walk 16 miles minimum.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 23, 2020
HikingClosed

Rail workers are turning hikers around, stating if we are caught there is a $400 fine.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 20, 2020
Hiking

In my opinion, the only thing that makes this hike difficult is the distance. With exception to bypassing 2 closed tunnels, it is quite flat. I totally enjoyed all of the history that was just left there for anyone to appreciate. The old rail cars where pretty cool, kind of unfortunate about all the graffiti, although some of the artwork is pretty impressive. The large trestle at the end of the hike is truly amazing. I would recommend this one highly.

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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good hike. Just keeps on going. 4 liters of water was enough. Parked at the resort which was 5 bucks. They buzzed us in at the gate. Tunnels and bridges through out the hike and one close call with rattler in a tunnel.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 18, 2020
Hiking

Such a good and LONG trail. Very scenic and enjoyable. Tips: pack more water than you think you’ll need, make sure you have good shoes to minimize blisters, headlamps for the tunnels, and some snacks or a full lunch cause it’s going to be a long day. The first tunnel is closed but there is a trail to go up and over. One of the tunnels pretty much half way through the hike is also gated off (I believe do to collapsing) and that detour is off to the left and adds about a mile. Once you get there the trestle is breath taking! Happy and safe trips to everyone!

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 14, 2020
Hiking

Long 7 mile (14 mile round trip) hike to the bridge on an old railroad track in Jacumba going through mountains about 10 tunnels to get the goat canyon bridge. You’ll love the bridge. Walk across if you dare! Park at the nudist colony. It may cost $5 per person. Bring water, food and flashlights or headlamps. One tunnel is almost a mile long.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 12, 2020
Hiking

Been wanting to do this trail since I moved to SD 3 years ago. Finally got around to it with my SO. It was beautiful watching her overcome her fears of heights and dark, you'll experience both on this long trail. Take plenty of water, snacks, and lunch. We had a good breakfast, 2 sandwiches each, snacks, and lots of water. Tip: Be mindful of the windspeed the day you decide to hike. You don't want to get caught in a 25 mph wind while you're in the middle of a trestle, it's a chilling predicament to be in. When you get to the first tunnel, it will be closed.. you can go either to the left or to the right of the tunnel. As you are coming up to the tunnel, before you even see it maybe 500 feet before, on the right hand side. This is just before the little canyon, there is a path that is a bit longer, a nicer view and path, and not so steep in ascent. I loved this little path. However, if you are pressed for time, go past this one, stay on the tracks, and closer to the tunnel, just before the earth on the left starts to incline upwards you'll find a path that goes along the barbed wire up the steeper and quicker side. This is best if you are just trying to blast through to the end. This path starts about 100 feet before the closed tunnel. The second closed tunnel has the path obviously marked going to the left along the edge of the hill/mountain. It was super windy on the way back, something to take into account because there are some quite narrow corners on this detour.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 10, 2020
Hiking

This is a great trail. It’s around 17-18 miles depending on whether the gates are closed and if you decide to turn around around at the trestle. There are a total of 11 tunnels to the trestle. 2 tunnels are closed having you to go around the 1st one (can be open at times) and the 3rd tunnel is closed for sure having you to go a little up hill and around. Parking is fairly easy once you get under the freeway bridge there is limited open space on the side of the road or you can pay to park at the resort/hotel. Tips. BRING ENOUGH WATER.m, whatever you think is enough water bring two to 3 more than that. You do not want to run of water in the desert.

Cassandra h reviewed Canyon Sin Nombre
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currently closed to vehicular traffic and camping, but hiking in is still allowed

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Hiking

I’ve hiked quite a bit - but I’ve never scrambled down a hill side of rock before. Was a bit sketchy going down - I was really worried about going back up ...but it was easier than the up! Took us 5.5 hours - beautiful and actually in my top 5 short day hikes

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