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I left Norco at 10am on Friday March 12. I stopped in Poway to deliver some plaques. I drove out Scripps Poway Parkway to Hwy 67 and south to I-8. Poway is a fantastic area. Once in Ocotillo I headed North on S2. I headed West on EC119 "Dos Cabezas Rd" EC119 ended at EC158 and that took me 6 miles into to camp. I was in camp by 2pm. Bill from the So Cal 4x4 Geocachers arrived at 3pm. We did a little exploring in his Highlander and we were back to camp around 5pm. Clark and James from Expo arrived just after 5pm. We had dinner and sat around the campfire until 9:30pm. We saw the fireworks show from NAS El Centro. The wind started picking up around 9pm and it blew most of the night.

Friday night/Saturday morning camp
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Saturday morning at 8:30am Mat and Scott from MJR showed up in camp followed shortly by John. We arrived at the Mortero Palms trailhead right at 9am and met up with Vern. After a short tailgate meeting the 8 of us hit the trail.

First stop was Mortero Palms.
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We continued our route up Palm Canyon
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Taking a break in Palm Canyon
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A nice view of the valley we started in far below
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Climbing
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View of our route
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Climbing
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More climbing
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Still gaining altitude
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View of our route
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Carter and Butkus (the dogs) taking a water break
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Mat & Scott just before we reached our highest elevation.
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We finally reach Goat Canyon and start our descent.
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As we start our descent into Goat Canyon we had 2 Cobra's buzz by
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Descending
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A huge Barrel Cactus. Looks more like a Saguaro Cactus.
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Descending around the first dry waterfall
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Descending in Goat Canyon
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Taking a break in Goat Canyon
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Descending in Goat Canyon
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We can't see the trestle bridge yet but we get our first sight of the tracks off in the distance.
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We come to our second and much larger dry waterfall that we must navigate around.
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We climbed down this chute
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And we get our first glimpse of the trestle
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A little closer
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Anticipation
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This is what we just came down
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Goat Canyon
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The original plan was to build a longer tunnel and a much smaller trestle. This is the opening to the tunnel that failed.
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Eye level with the tracks
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We arrived at the trestle at 1pm. We had lunch and took pictures. We were back in camp at 4:30pm. The wind was howling so we moved closer to the mountains in Dos Cabezas Camp.

I was exhausted. I ate, cleaned up and I was in bed by 7pm. I think everyone was in bed by 9pm. The wind finally stopped blowing at 10pm.

Dos Cabezas Camp on Sunday morning.
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Sunday morning was gorgeous. I said my goodbyes to everyone at 8am and hit the road for home. I was home at 1pm.

This was one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever been on. The scenery was spectacular and the trestle is amazing.

An excellent video about the Goat Canyon Trestle.

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Great pic's!!! Thanks. A place like this is on my list of places to camp. So different than my usually surroundings here in BC. As a kid of the 70's, these type of places always remind me of movies and TV shows of the era. I'm assuming this is in Cali. some where?
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So what GeoCache made y'all hike that far out into such wanderful country?

I don't think I ever had enough energy to hike that far with such an elevation change. Guess I need to get off this computer and start walking more.

Thanks for sharing the fantastic journey.


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Posted: 03/14/10 06:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wow it's like a prehistoric planet. Looks cool.

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Very nice. I'm tired just thinking about your hike.
Thanks for posting.

The video is pretty cool too.

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Posted: 03/14/10 06:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks

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Posted: 03/14/10 09:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for posting the pics. NICE!!! Gary


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Bert the Welder wrote:

I'm assuming this is in Cali. some where?
Yep. Google map: Dos Cabezas, San Diego, California

kohldad wrote:

So what GeoCache made y'all hike that far out into such wanderful country?


Anza Borego Desert State Park outlawed all geocaches inside the park in December 2007. GC219B Is an old archived cache near the trestle.

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fishpoet,
Thanks for the ride. We've been fans of the SDA&E for a long time (the San Diego Arizona and Eastern). A couple trips we camped down near Dos Cabesas, but walked the trackage all the way up to the Goat. It's the largest still-standing wooden railroad trestle in the U.S. There are a lot of tunnels on the way. The line was washed out in 1976 when a hurricane blew through.
Thanks for the memories.
Our camp at Dos Cabesas. This was January during a rain storm.
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regards, as always, jefe


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Holy Smokey Joes, I want to go there. Fandamntastic scenery and a great hike to boot. Can a guy climb that ladder up the trestle? And let's talk about the work building that thing, that was when men were men. I've always been amazed at the work men have done it the "old days". I fully believe we're too sissified now-a-days, but at least we can hike to and marvel at what they've done. Congrats on a great hike and trip report.

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