Goat Canyon Trestle

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 @ 11:34 pm | Outdoors, Personal Assignment

Lucas Buresch and background props to me. East of El Cajon, east of Alpine, East of The Golden Acorn Casino, keep going keep going. All the way to the edge of the county. You reach a sign that says “Jacumba Next Exit.” Pull off and drive down a dirt road for a half mile. Find a place to park and grab your water. It’s a 7 mile hike along the train tracks. Straight up “Stand By Me” steez. Six tunnels, three of which are so long that you cannot see the ground in front of you although you can see the exit. One of those is a half a mile long. This is where Lucas and I decided to make our next adventure.

There are goats and hawks, and cactus and dirt and rocks. There is debris from excavations of yester-year. You pass by damaged train cars that collided with a rock or fell off the cliff to deteriorate into time. At the end of the road is the largest wooden trestle in the world. At its highest point it’s 180 tall. It curves from one peak to another, one tunnel to another. It was fun and exciting but next time I’m riding a bike instead.
More Goat Canyon Trestle photos

Abandoned train. Michelle Oleary climbing in.Abandoned train. Michelle Oleary climbing in. A collapsed tunnel.A collapsed tunnel. The trestle, underside.The trestle, underside.
One of several tunnels that we had to walk slowly, toes pointed upward to avoid damage.One of several tunnels that we had to walk slowly, toes pointed upward to avoid damage. View from a catwalk in the middle of the trestle. Michelle Oleary playing.View from a catwalk in the middle of the trestle. Michelle Oleary playing. Trestle as it might have looked a long time ago since the world was black and white then.Trestle as it might have looked a long time ago since the world was black and white then.
Old wooden trestleTrestle at Goat Canyon – Underside Longest curved wooden trestleGoat Canyon Trestle 3 Tunnel entrance Arin Buresch.Tunnel entrance Arin Buresch.
It's amazing how clear and bright the sun is outside of the city.It’s amazing how clear and bright the sun is outside of the city. Walking away from the trestleThe walk back. Michelle Oleary teetering at the edge of a cliffMichelle Oleary teetering at the edge of a cliff

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