The Last Goat Canyon Trestle Ride

The Last Goat Canyon Trestle Ride
Sunday 24-Mar-2013 10:30am
Host: Dr.Dave. Cross posted to Hash House Harriers bike group as well.
Location: Near De Anza Springs Resort, Jacumba
Directions: Take the 8 freeway east for about 70 miles, take exit 73 for Jacumba, turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp and immediately right again before the Shell station onto Carrizo Gorge Rd. Go about 1.5 miles down the dirt road and park on the roadside under the shade of the I-8 overpass. Travel time from San Diego is about an hour.
Run fee: Free, but bring your own iced cooler with beers and lunch for after the ride
Notes: Grab your bike and come ride to Goat Canyon Trestle, the tallest curved wooden railroad trestle in the world. The "impossible" railroad has recently been repurchased is slated to be repaired and put back in service, so this might be the last chance to do this ride for a long time. Ride starts about 10:30am (that doesn't mean show up at 11 and then start repairing your bike). The trail follows the railroad tracks and is pretty easy with several tunnels, trestles, and abandoned rail cars to check out along the way. However it's a little sandy so skinny tires are not recommended. Total distance to the trestle and back is about 14 miles. The location is remote and it may be hot, so bring plenty of water, snacks, and spare tubes & tools for your bike. Don't forget to bring a light for the tunnels too, they're very dark. The ride is free so you'll also need to bring your own post-ride beer and food, in an iced cooler to keep them cold in your car while we're gone. Afterward we can go see the old locomotives and rail cars at Jacumba railway station, then perhaps stop in at Alpine brewery on the way back to San Diego.

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  • jon

    anyone post pics to urban exp?

    March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was a great ride. I haven't been cycling in ages--and I'm not a regular either--so my ass felt like a rock afterward. A painful rock. I'll post some pictures when I get a chance.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Nang

      hopefully, not of the painful rock. =)

      1 · March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Haha...no!

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great ride yesterday, my third time biking to the trestle, it seemed a lot shorter this time. I was amazed how many people showed up, I never got a good count but it was probably 30 including both the hash house harriers bike group and the urban explorers. Plus there seemed to be many others who heard about this ride and came independently. Unfortunately I arrived on time at exactly 10:30am and then had to get my bike and everything together, so most people left ahead of me and I didn't get to meet most of the people. Everyone seemed to race down to the trestle and missed a few of the more obscure sights along the way, and as always, ALL the urban explorers jumped in their cars and left at the end of the ride, so no chance for socializing, which is one of the reasons I stopped leading trips with this group. But whining aside, we all had a great time and there were no injuries or other drama. Judging by the state of the tracks the investor who bought them had no idea how bad they are.

    2 · March 25, 2013

  • Angie E

    Fun stuff today!! Look forward to seeing some of those pics!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • James W

    Great ride! Great experience! The tunnels were more fun than the trestles. I am ready to go again. Thanks drdave for hosting!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Nang

    Awesome ride! Best I've been on!

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Richard

    One of the best bike rides ever.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to go to a funeral. It's a sudden thing.

    March 24, 2013

  • David

    My knee's acting up today, I'm going to try this ride another time

    March 24, 2013

  • Robert

    I would love to go, if I could catch a ride. I will contribute for gas upon entering vehicle. If you got room for one more, let me know. I live in Normal Heights near Adams.

    March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can't make it today but in the future my bike rack holds for bikes and I live near downtown.

      March 24, 2013

  • Cory K.

    As a heads up I invited some co workers and have 4 of them coming. If that makes the group too large we'll just separate off.

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather in Jacumba is looking to be low 70s and sunny with a slight breeze this Sunday, desert floor will be about 80, so conditions will be perfect for the ride. About 16 Urban Explorer mortals will be joining us for the ride, so it's going to be big pack. Don't forget ride essentials such as water, energy snacks, helmet, some kind of LIGHT for the tunnels, spare tubes, pump, bike tools, sunscreen etc. For those still wondering, the track is a little sandy but still doable on a hybrid bike, I'll be riding some pretty skinny tires myself this time around. Watch out for the gaps in the middle of the catwalk on the trestles, wheels can fall into them and really mess you up, and your bike. Watch out for rattlesnakes, and try not to linger at tunnel entrances where rocks can fall onto you. Alpine brew pub will not be able to accommodate a group of our size, so that might not happen.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got to San Diego and have been out of hiking for years... which event would be a good place to start?

    March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Probably not this one unless you have a bike and are moderately fit. I'll be leading another hike next month in Poway, look out for it.

      March 22, 2013

  • Bob

    Sweet! In.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it.

    March 20, 2013

  • Scott

    Wish I could go, our family celebrates easter the week before to skip all the crowds.

    March 19, 2013

  • Dan C.

    I think this was my last time out there... http://www.pbase.com/camera0bug/image/12941836

    March 18, 2013

  • James W

    Carpool, anyone?

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Carrizo Gorge Railway Police (cgrp.us) returned my call this morning. While they can't officially say it is OK to go out there, I was told that because there is currently no freight running on the lines, policing the lines is not a priority for them right now. There is some work starting this Thursday, mostly just engineering surveys. There is the possibility of some test cars running on the lines. They assured me that mostly they are concerned with criminal types, not hikers and bikers. At worst we would be given a warning rather than cited or arrested.

    3 · March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Dr, you're the best!

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds fantastic. Ever since I read about this place in Afoot & Afield, G-Canyon been a destination I've been dying to check out (especially because of it being "questionable"). I'm not an avid cyclist or anything and my mountain bike is pretty bare-bones, so I'm not sure if this would be sufficient.
    And no, it doesn't matter to me when this is. I'm all in :)

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      By the way . . . just curious: are rail lines built at a 3% maximum slope or something?

      March 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, not very steep for a bike but it's uphill all the way back

      March 5, 2013

  • Diana

    I've been trying to get here forever! Can't wait!

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • Diana

      That's the long way. You can go over the mountain but it takes some expert bouldering.

      March 4, 2013

    • Diana

      i wish I could come!

      March 4, 2013

  • Nang

    To infinity and beyond!!! or at least to the canyon.

    March 4, 2013

  • Diana

    Oops! I thought you were hiking in. I don't have a mnt bike yet

    1 · March 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can probably borrow one.

      March 4, 2013

    • Diana

      I would love to go. I'm pretty hard-core but haven't ridden a mtn bike very often. If it's not a rough ride I'll rent one. I've tried twice now to hike over the mountain but my friend couldn't make it. Great guy, just not so agile! :)

      1 · March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure I can make it but I will see as it gets closer. I really want to see this.

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A friend of mine who is into the railway scene tells me that construction workers are already being hired to work on the railway, so I hope this ride works out for us and we aren't turned back or anything.

    March 4, 2013

  • Shelli M.

    Would rode bike work

    March 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's definitely not a road bike ride, the trail along the side of the tracks is quite sandy. I have seen people do it with a hybrid before though

      March 4, 2013

  • Shelli M.

    This looks like fun

    March 4, 2013

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