Goat Canyon Trestle Nov 2010

We went out to Anza-Borrego to get in a night of camping, because we’d been too long in civilization. It was time to rough it a bit, and we needed to do some hiking, to burn off that Thanksgiving dinner. Also, Thanksgiving Weekend is the traditional start of “Desert Season” and we wanted to get out there as often as possible, now that the temperatures were cooler.

We headed east out of San Diego to the southern end of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, intending to hike along the old Carrizo Gorge Railway to see the Goat Canyon Trestle, one of the largest wooden railroad trestles. It should be noted that we attempted this earlier in the year, by trying to hike from Mortero Palms over the top of the Jacumba Mountains and down Goat Canyon, but we ended up turning around without descending the canyon. Sure, we saw the trestle from way up above it, but seeing it isn’t the same as walking across it, and looking straight down 200 feet through the steel catwalks alongside the tracks. This time we’d do it right. But by a different route, hiking directly along the tracks.

HDR shot of the sunrise on the tracks at the end of Dos Cabezas Road

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Toro Peak November 2010

We really wanted to go backpacking, but the mountains were getting cold at night, and we didn’t have a lot of spare time, so we decided that even a one-day car trip to the mountains was better than nothing, and we headed for Toro Peak and the potentially adventurous Santa Rosa Mountain Road.

Our car on Santa Rosa Mountain Road with San Jacinto Peak in the far distance

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