Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge from Dos Cabeza Water Tower

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Goat Canyon Trestle Bridge from Dos Cabeza Water Tower is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Julian, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

14.6 miles
1,112 feet
Out & Back


nature trips

bird watching




no dogs

WARNING: The railroad is now ticketing hikers using the tracks. This trail also crosses into private property. Proceed with caution.

4 months ago

I love the abandoned trains and huge caves

The railroad is now ticketing hikers using the tracks as a walking path. To avoid ticket and heavy fine stay clear of walking the tracks.

9 months ago

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...

10 months ago

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.

11 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.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

This is not something you get to do everyday. What an amazing experience this trail was along the tracks. We started on the trail by the nudist ranch off of exit 73 on I8. We only did the 7 miles to the bridge and came back. As some of the reviews have mentioned-this is a hike to be respected. Some of the tressels are starting to rot and the tunnels have falling rocks in them. Take plenty of water-and definitely avoid in summer months. The large tressel is amazing but is also showing signs of wear. I would most definitely do this sooner than later. It may not be safe to do much longer. But sooo well worth it.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Although the railroad ties and the rocks of the grade make the walking difficult, the old tunnels and the wooden trestles make the payoff three-fold. The summer is fairly hot, be sure to enjoy this hike in the cool winter months.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nice long and flat! We started from the nudist ranch. 18 miles round trip

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Good Trail, long trail, dangerous bridge. Be careful, definitly not a joke, bring water,flashlights and respect how old everything is.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

i really love tus trail

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This was a pretty amazing experience! The history behind this journey is one that you should definitely check out. We will do this one again but start from Montero.
This is a pretty long hike, all tracks so just be prepared for the terrain. Lots of water I wouldn't recommend this hike in the summer, we went late winter. Enjoy!

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