I had found information online about the rail line through Corrizo Gorge and the curved wooden trestle up in Goat Canyon. It was a couple of hours drive from Imperial Dam so we set off Saturday morning with the bikes loaded on the back of the truck.
Near our destination the interstate climbs from sea level up through a pass to 3000′. Off on a smaller road I spotted what looked like a film shoot. Either that or it was an alien landing as there were two flying saucers sitting on a flat bed. No pic of that as it went by too quick to get the camera out.
We exited I8 at Jacumba and took the dirt road towards the DeAnza Spring Resort. There are a couple of small parking spots on the side of the road and we found an empty space we could back the truck into. Some hikers had parked at the gas stations and walked up the road. Others paid a 5$ parking fee at the Resort (it’s clothing optional in there by the way, we stayed out). After unloading the bike and grabbing the backpacks with water and food we headed to the rail line which parallels the road.
About a mile up the rail line we came upon the first set of rail cars. They are parked onto a siding but are derailed at one end. Lots of graffiti on them and over the years they have seen a lot of vandalization.
There is a pathway alongside the rail line and for the most part it is an easy surface for biking. A number of trestles are encounted along the way and we walked the bikes across these. The pathway is mostly on the side of the rail line with the drop off and at some points it gets narrow with larger stone on it.
There are a few tunnels along the route to ride through. A few of them are long enough that we needed to use the headlight and flashlight that we had brought with us.
There is a second set of passenger rail cars along the rail line. These also have garnered a lot of graffiti.
Over the years since the rail line was first constructed there have been attempts to repair damage caused by weather. Old rail ties, various construction materials and an old box car are scattered along the way.
As we rode along we passed bikers heading back down the trail. One couple were hiking back out after camping the night at the large trestle. We were told a few times “you’re almost there” and we came out of the last tunnel on the southern route and there it was.
Lots of people at the trestle. Some hikers and some bikers. You can see the old tunnel that was destroyed and caused the construction of the trestle. It’s in the background of the picture of me on the trestle.
It’s a long way down to the ground from on top of the trestle.
A ballast car is sitting at the north side of the trestle on the original route past the canyon.
The trestle can be accessed from the south which is the way we came. You can also get there by following the rail line from the north with an access point somewhere south of Borrego. The trestles in the distance of these pictures is the northern route.
Another route is to climb up and over the mountains from Mortero Palms which is about 2.5mi but a serious climb according to the college students I spoke to.
After spending some time at the trestle we headed back down the rail line. Didn’t seem as long getting back but the winds seemed stronger and weren’t pushing us in the direction we wanted to go.
The trip was 6.95mi from where we parked to the trestle. It took us 2:05hr to get there and about the same coming back. With our half hour break at the trestle it was 4.5hrs total. The trip in from the north side is supposed to be about 3mi according to a person I spoke to.
There is more information about the railway at World’s largest wooden trestle is in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is old and talks about trains on the track but considering the rock slides onto the rail line that isn’t happening any time soon.
I use the MapMyHike app on my phone to track our hiking and biking trips. It doesn’t use any data or cell connection until I want to save a trip. Good thing too because between trading the stock market every day this year and uploading lots of pictures I’m getting too deep into our monthly 10gb on my phone. We just use one of our Rogers phones when in the US and it’s roams our home plan. Cheaper than getting a US plan. If mine gets to the 10gb then we’ll have to roam Jane’s phone as well to get another 10gb.