Entrance Fee? Yes
This 6-mile strenuous hike starts at the Mortero Palms Trailhead and follows a steep canyon to one of the densest palm groves in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. A half dozen morteros, namesakes of the grove, are also found nearby. After this shady stop, the hike continues up the canyon, west across a saddle, and drops into Goat Canyon where cholla, agave and ocotillo cover the desert floor.
From here, we will follow the ridgeline. This arduous climb will be well worth the effort when you see the monumental view of Goat Canyon Trestle below. Part of what’s known as “The Impossible Railroad,” Goat Canyon trestle was built in 1932 after an earthquake collapsed one of the tunnels of the Carrizo Gorge section of the San Diego and Arizona Railway. The trestle is 200 feet tall and 750 feet long.
Even though the miles covered are few, this hike is considered strenuous because of the rough terrain and boulder hopping required. Please come prepared for an all-day, off-trail adventure. Due to the difficulty of this hike, and to ensure the enjoyment of the group, the hike leaders reserve the right to turn away any participant that they deem unprepared for the adventure.
- Scott Turner, Co-Author of the 5th Edition of Afoot & Afield in San Diego County.
- Ashley Kvitek, ABF Education & Outreach Coordinator
$45 / $35 for ABF Members
Meet: To be determined. We will email participants before the hike with all necessary information
Bring: Plenty of water, long sleeves, pants, a hat, suns protection, leather gloves, and sturdy hiking boots.
This hike will take you to a breathtaking viewpoint of the trestle, not to the actual trestle. Hiking along or on the railroad tracks is strictly forbidden and is highly dangerous.
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