Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon Trail

Ocotillo, California

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Along the crest of the Jacumba Mountains lie several hidden bowls, surrounded by austere, rock-strewn peaks. To spend a night here on a bed of sand, immersed in an achingly profound silence, with nothing but a sky filled with stars overhead is to experience the desert in all its wonder and simplicity. Not far away from one of these bowls is a landmark revered by railroad buffs the world over. This is the 200-foot-high, 600-foot-long trestle over Goat Canyon on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern (San Diego & Imperial Valley) line. It has been called the longest curved railroad trestle and one of the highest wooden trestles in the world.

Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Along the crest of the Jacumba Mountains lie several hidden bowls, surrounded by austere, rock-strewn peaks. To spend a night here on a bed of sand, immersed in an achingly profound silence, with nothing but a sky filled with stars overhead is to experience the desert in all its wonder and simplicity. Not far away from one of these bowls is a landmark revered by railroad buffs the world over. This is the 200-foot-high, 600-foot-long trestle over Goat Canyon on the San Diego & Arizona Eastern (San Diego & Imperial Valley) line. It has been called the longest curved railroad trestle and one of the highest wooden trestles in the world."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ocotillo
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: November through April
Local Contacts: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Local Maps: USGS Jacumba
Driving Directions: Directions to Mortero Palms to Goat Canyon Trail

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May 2018