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Train Watching In the Rugged Cajon Pass of California
The Cajon Pass Summitt, California
Confessions of a RAIL FAN..
Do you love Train watching? As a little girl one of my favorite toys was my electric train set. I have always been drawn to trains and have many adventuresome memories watching them. This area in my photos is called the CAJON PASS SUMMIT, near Lake Silverwood California. The train traffic here can be just amazing. The day I took these photos there was a train roaring up or down about every twenty minutes. The area has three active lines, and criss-cross train traffic.One of the personnel from BNSF informed me that I could hike on the South Side of the tracks but not the North for safety reasons.
The geology of the area is worth investigating. It sits on a slope of the San Andreas Fault and features deep ravines, steep hills and fissues. I have been hiking and train watching with friends in this area since the 1990s. The wildlife is interesting also. Black Southern Pacific Rattlers, hawks, deer, coyotes and even Horned Toads and Tarantulas on occasion. If you want a free adventure in hiking and train watching, this area is a gem.