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,
Heather and I hiked up the longer route because it seemed more interesting. Afterward we hiked up Ghost Mountain and nearby Quake BM.
Climbed this many years ago with my dad when I was a kid. Fun desert hike.
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...
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.
Snowy & cloudy all the way to the top. I was glad to have my GPS. Climbed Granite Mtn. # 2 in the afternoon.
Climbed down and up Smuggler Canyon then scrambled up the western ridge and camped just below the peak. Great sunset and morning view!
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.
Nice warm down hike after several days in AB.
Fun hike w/some fun scrambling and great views.
Great hike fine scrambling near the summit
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.
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.
Nice day, after a recent snow.
Guided a group of co-workers up this one. 4th time up, this is a fav.
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.
Nice desert hike. Beautiful weather. Trip Report
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.
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.
I climbed this peak with Jim Clint, Awesome climb beautiful desert scenery and pinyon pines!