Trestle Vessel  LbNA # 23741 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 14 2006
CountySan Diego
LocationSan Diego, CA
Planted ByCargo Bay    
Found By PeterK
Last Found Dec 30 2006
Hike Distance?

The Quince Street Footbridge was built in 1905. 236 feet long and 60 feet tall, it faced demolition due to dry rot and termite damage, but it was refurbished and reopened in 1990 with about 30% of the original wood remaining.

Park near Fourth and Quince Street. At the western end of Quince, you will find the trestle footbridge. Walk across the bridge (it is quite safe now) and be sure to count the number of stairs up on the far end. When reaching the asphalt, turn right and enter DO NOT ENTER (WRONG WAY is the right way). Fear not; signs apply to vehicle traffic. You will come to a trailhead marked Maple Canyon Open Space. Your hike will be short and not very strenuous, but be carefull of slippery eucalyptus leaves on the steep parts.

Follow the trail and stop underneath the trestle. You will see a group of palm trees nearby. Go down to these trees and stand halfway between the two northernmost palms. Face the telephone pole above you (to the right of the cactus) and take the number of paces toward it as the stairs you counted while ascending from the bridge. You will find yourself facing a niche in the bank ahead of you. The box is hidden under some rocks at the left end of the niche. When you're finished, sprinkle some leaves on the covering rocks for extra camouflage.