Hare of the Dog Hash
Sunday, March 24, 2013 10:30am
The Last Goat Canyon Trestle Ride
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
Trail type: (not specified)
Dog friendly: (not specified)
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 and 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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