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[pct-l] Buses in San Diego County
- Subject: [pct-l] Buses in San Diego County
- From: "Vaughn, Ron" <RSV@crai.com>
- Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 13:05:51 -0500
Two items: The bus to Campo, and the bus connection at Scissors Crossing
1. The Southwest Rural Bus schedule to Campo remains unchanged from
last year. It runs 362 days a year, leaving El Cajon Transit Center at
about 3 p.m., arriving Campo at about 5 p.m. You can call them up to 7
days in advance to make a seat reservation on the bus. The phone number
is in Ray's book (which I left at home-sorry). One way fare to Campo is
2. The Northeast Rural Bus stops at Scissors Crossing (SC) on Mon,
Tues, Fri, and Sun. In the morning the bus is headed to Julian,
stopping at SC at 8:45 a.m. The bus leaves Julian at 4:00 p.m.,
arriving at SC at about 5:10 p.m. This is a nice way to spend the day
enjoying the tourist-oriented town of Julian. Julian has a medium sized
grocery store, a full service pharmacy, and several restaurants. The
town is nicely treed, so there's lots of shade, and it's high enough to
feel cool compared to the dessert. A small park in town is a great
place to hang out for the day. Sadly, Julian seems to lack cheap motels
The bus actually starts its morning run at Borrego Springs at 8:15 a.m.,
and returns that night at 5:30 p.m. Borrego Springs has two medium
sized grocery stores, and several motels (something Julian lacks), and
lots of restaurants. A hiker looking for a shower could take the Monday
evening bus to Borrego Springs, and return to SC on the Tuesday a.m.
bus. Hitching a ride might also be an option if the bus schedule
doesn't match your needs.
There is also bus service between Warner Springs and Borrego Springs,
but I won't have that schedule for a week or so.
For further information, the Northeast Rural Transit System can be
reached at 760-767-4287. I found the person running the office to be
extremely helpful and friendly. Borrego Springs and Julian each have a
web site with some information of interest to hikers, but they are
mostly for car travelers.
For those who are looking for a way home from SC, the bus to Julian
eventually goes all the way, or makes connections to El Cajon Transit
Center. This may be a useful bail out point for section hikers, or
those who wish to skip some portion of the PCT. FYI, I have heard of
bus service to Lake Moreno State Park, for those who wish to skip some
of the border activity along the PCT. I suspect that this service would
be provide by the Northeast Rural Transit System.
Brick: maybe some of this is worth including in the next update?
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