I drove in the night before and spent the night a few miles from our meeting place. I'll being doing this hike with a group from the San Diego Hikers.
At the meeting spot, the group saying their hellos and working out a plan for the car shuttle.
Driving to the Dos Cabezas area where our hike will end to leave a couple of the vehicles.
The group getting their stuff ready for the hike at the Mortero Palms Oasis trailhead, the start of the hike.
Gabe, Kim, Roy, Dave, Oneradhunnibunni, Curtistan, Pamses, Slkservices, KHiker, John and Joe(me). The line up for todays hike.
The group starts off on the hike.
In a short time we reached the first palms.
The palms were thick in this area. It was difficult picking a path through them.
John looking for a way through.
It was nice and cool in the palms, it warmed up when we started up the steeper sections.
One of the many rock climbs along the way.
Looking back down as we continue on up the canyon.
Another climbing section.
Oneradhunnibunni checking out a nice looking rock at the top of one of the climbs. Hard to see in the photo, but the dark areas on the rock are openings to a little cave.
Kim goes under a big rock.
Looking under the rock, most of the group was already on the other side.
The rain the night before left a lot of puddles in the rocks.
We saw one flower on the hike, with the rains there should be a lot more later.
Slkservices sticks his head out from inside a rock while Pamses looks on. Many of the rocks in the area had hollowed out sections.
Looking down on the rest of the group as we start up a steep canyon.
Gabe makes his way up a dry waterfall.
This part of the hike was a lot a fun.
The last climb we had to do.
At the high point of the hike, it's mostly down hill from here.
Checking the GPS and taking a short break.
We had a great view as we started down the other side.
Found this little rockman pointing the way.
The first steep down climbs.
Finally we get a view of some of the trestles.
Our leader, Gabe with the Goat Canyon Trestle in the background, almost there.
A better view of the big trestle as we get closer.
It was steep down and mostly rock hopping the rest of the way.
We had a great view of the trestle as we approached it.
This wooden trestle is 600 feet long and 200 feet high.
This tank car was on a side track near the trestle.
Looking across the trestle at a tunnel on the other side.
Walking on these grates was a little spooky 200 feet up.
The remains of a tunnel next to the big testle.
Some of the group having lunch.
The view as I ate my lunch. You can see the trestles for the track we followed out.
Looking back we get a last look as we hike out on the tracks.
Entering one of the tunnels. Word of warning, we did this hike while the tracks were out of service. Since then, they have been repaired and the trains are running again making the hike on the tracks very dangerous. One of the tunnels you have to go through is about half mile long.
Crossing the trestles was fun, we had a great view.
Up ahead, we could see two box cars over the side.
A closer look at the boxcars and one of the many trestles on this railway.
Gabe checks out one of the boxcars, while Slkservices videos the action.
After a break at the boxcars, we continued on the hike out.