|An 1879 survey map of the Upper Los Gatos Creek basin,|
oriented with the Summit Tunnel (originally Tunnel #3)
at the bottom and the creek heading roughly north.
– Wright's Trestle South
– Wright's Trestle North
– Hooker Gulch Trestle
– Call of the Wild Trestle
– Aldercroft Trestle South
– Aldercroft Trestle North
– Alma Trestle South
– Alma Trestle North
– Soda Springs Trestle
– Limekiln Creek Trestle
– Cats Canyon Trestle
|Alma Trestle South, repurposed for the|
San José Water Company to support
pipes running from Lake Elsman.
According to Brian, piers or curbs still are present at the sites of every one of the three concrete trestles north of Alma Trestle South, though he did not photograph them. The one remaining trestle, the Call of the Wild Trestle, was apparently made of wood and was very short, with a gap in the right-of-way the only clue to the trestle's existence. Most of the trestles are hidden in brush along the banks of the creek or difficult to access as the San José Water District access road does not cross the creek when the tracks do unless necessary. All of these trestles except Alma Trestle South are on San José Water Company land and trespassers have been fined before for attempting to access them. That being said, the right-of-way through this area is unreliable and parts of it may be accessible via other means than simply following the water company's access road.
|Wright's Trestle North in ruins along the bank of Los Gatos Creek. (Brian Liddicoat)|
The trestles of Los Gatos Creek remain a testament to the history of the region, though their relative obscurity makes them difficult to study and their history largely lost to the elements.
- Rick Hamman, California Central Coast Railways (Santa Cruz, CA: Otter B Books, 2002).
- De Leu, Cather & Co., "Santa Cruz - Los Gatos Rail Corridor Feasibility Study: Draft Final Report", prepared for the Joint Policy Board (December 1994).
- Bruce MacGregor, South Pacific Coast: A Centennial
- Bruce MacGregor, Narrow Gauge Portrait: South Pacific Coast