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Long hike but not able to reach the climax of the hike because the path is blocked off... I do like the tunnels and the fact that it is not crowded... we are the only (3) in the path... one time hike for me...

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

on Wind Caves Trail

22 days ago

It was pretty dope. Stay Hydrated. Be respectful, clean up after yourself. Use sun block, take a hat. If you know how to drive you won't need a 4x4 to get to the hiking area, but it's recommended.

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.

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!

off road driving
1 month 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).

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
1 month 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!

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.

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

pretty awesome hike. start point is next the a water tower. I super highly recommend to drive a truck or SUV to this start point. you'll be driving off a road onto a dirt bumpy pathway for about 1.5 miles. parking is free.

you'll go through about 4 tunnels, 2 train cars on the side of the mountain. that's about it. kind of not as exciting from and four to 5 mini trestle bridges the other start point (which I haven't tried yet). the trestle bridge itself is amazing! if youre a daredevil, you can climb through the beams under the track and get some killer photos.

bring lots of water and snacks cause 14 or so miles round trip is not easy.

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