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davidsangerCrowded !  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2016


The two days before we hiked Signal Peak in Arizona and Eagle Benchmark in the Fish Creek Mountains and didn't see a single person. On Whale we saw five people so it was relatively crowded! But a lovely hike nonetheless, through high desert and granite boulders. Great views at the top. Did Pinyon as a bonus peak afterwards,
Posted Jan 1, 2017 9:46 pm

gimpilatorPictograph route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2014


Heather and I hiked up the longer route because it seemed more interesting. Afterward we hiked up Ghost Mountain and nearby Quake BM.
Posted Dec 25, 2014 12:01 am

Trailboss88with my dad  Sucess!


Climbed this many years ago with my dad when I was a kid. Fun desert hike.
Posted Aug 26, 2012 4:24 pm

gavinfischerPinyon Mtn Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2012


Nice hike. I missed the turn at the top of the first gully so did some "bonus" climbing up the hummock to the north. Nice view from there too though...
Posted Feb 21, 2012 10:32 pm

bajaandyPinyon Mt. TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2012


Nice hike in the desert. Definitely need high clearance to bypass some large rocks on the way to the Pinyon Mt TH., but 4X4 was not needed. About 1:20 going up and just under an hour down. Some great looking boulders on the flatish bench just below the final summit slope. Would be a fun place to spend a day.
Posted Jan 29, 2012 12:33 pm

cabPinyon Mtn. Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2011


Snowy & cloudy all the way to the top. I was glad to have my GPS. Climbed Granite Mtn. # 2 in the afternoon.
Posted Feb 22, 2011 10:38 am

WildUnknown Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 12, 2011


Climbed down and up Smuggler Canyon then scrambled up the western ridge and camped just below the peak. Great sunset and morning view!
Posted Jan 18, 2011 4:32 pm

superdaddyPinyon Mountain Road Rt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2010
I made it but just barely. I parked at 3.6mi along the road rather than the true trailhead and I took numerous inadvertent detours on the way up and the way down. 5 1/2 hours total.
Posted Dec 1, 2010 8:53 pm

bechttFrom Pinyon Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2010


Nice warm down hike after several days in AB.
Posted Feb 20, 2010 6:59 pm

HeyItsBenVia pictographs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2009


Fun hike w/some fun scrambling and great views.
Posted Feb 16, 2010 5:52 pm

harryquachPinyon Mountain Rd Route
Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2010


Great hike fine scrambling near the summit
Posted Feb 5, 2010 6:08 pm

Iron HikerGreat morning exercise from the Pictographs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 5, 2010

Iron Hiker

Hiked up in the morning, after spending the night at the trailhead - a very nice and quiet mountain. Great views and a sense of being "out there" in the desert. Hike took about 4 1/2 hours up and back - not bad.
Posted Jan 29, 2010 2:07 am

SierraSunrise85From Blair Valley to Top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2009


Climbed Whale Peak while I was doing some car camping in the Blair Valley. This is one of the funnest hikes I have done in Anza Borrego, I enjoyed starting out in Blair Valley and hiking to the top from the west. Awesome panoramic views of Palomar Mountain, Mt Laguna and the Salton Sea. Great spot for bouldering and the Pinyon pines make lots of shady spots. Would consider returning for an overnighter.
Posted Jan 21, 2010 5:10 pm

sdhagerPictograph Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2009


Nice day, after a recent snow.
Posted Dec 9, 2009 9:32 pm

ADKPicto TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2009
Guided a group of co-workers up this one. 4th time up, this is a fav.
Posted Feb 14, 2009 5:26 am

surgentWife injured herself... :(  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 12, 2008


Coming down the top she wrenched her back - took over 4 hours just to get down a mile. We were hiking into the night down the canyons. A nearby camper gave us a lift to our truck. What a day. We'll be back, probably try the pictograph route instead. see Whale Peak, March 2008.
Posted Mar 26, 2008 6:43 pm

Bob BurdFrom the west  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2007

Bob Burd

Nice desert hike. Beautiful weather. Trip Report
Posted Feb 29, 2008 11:36 pm

bigbendbettyFrom Pictographs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2008


I went a little crazy at the sight of snow on the way up and the ensuing snowball fight caused my friend to run into a cactus.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 1:30 pm

NavySeabeePinyon Mtn Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2007


Great way to start the desert hiking season with favorable weather and fantastic views. They weren't kidding about the boulders in the road. My Honda Pilot was no match (or maybe it was my driving) and I was treated to an extra 4.5 miles of road walking.
Posted Oct 22, 2007 10:35 pm

pilz8 New Years Day 1999


I climbed this peak with Jim Clint, Awesome climb beautiful desert scenery and pinyon pines!
Posted May 16, 2007 5:28 pm

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