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ziphius
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2/16/2020
ziphius
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1st time for me and my better 1/2. We accompanied Scott Turner, co-author of Afoot and Afield in San Diego, who showed us a variation of the usual route up and down. About 15 miles total, clockwise loop starting at Foot & Walker Pass. Overnight lows at summit in the 40s. Small patches of snow remained at the summit, in addition to several boulder 'bird baths' in the canyons. Lost track of how many bobcat scrapes, scats, and tracks we saw.

View towards Harper Flat.



Shadow of Whale Peak projecting east near sunset.


Alex at sunset.


Mule deer leg



Bobcat scrape, track, and what I think is a gray fox scat, where the fox 'overmarked' the bobcat scrape. The scat does not look like a typical bobcat scat. Lots of sign of both gray fox and bobcat along this wash. The left-hind track of the bobcat is clearly seen next to the ruler.


Santa Rosa Range and Salton Sea


View to Cuyamaca Peak during descent.


Sunrise

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ziphius
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2/17/2020
ziphius
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Rocko1 the canyon going up was very interesting, with lots of stands of dead or dying pinyon pine that apparently have succumbed in the last 5 years. Lots of potential camp areas in various flats well before the summit if someone wanted. The Smuggler Canyon down route is pretty cool too, there is a lot of boulder-negotiating in that drainage, much more so than the up-canyon route shown. We were the only campers at the summit. Gorgeous views all around. I don't know what took me so long to get up there, maybe it looked intimidating all these years.

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rockhopper
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2/17/2020
rockhopper
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Whale peak is a wonderful place. Nice loop variation to the expedition. Perfect Jan/ Feb climb to gather snow for water. It is a very dry place. Views are fantastic as you said. I looked back in my photos and first climbed almost 29 years ago. On the list to climb again. cheers.
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Buford
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2/17/2020
Buford
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Looks like a fun loop. For all the Bobcat signs around it's amazing how little of them are actually seen.
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tekewin
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2/17/2020
tekewin
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Great trip! I've done Whale from the easy side. Seems like a good habitat for lions, clearly good for bobcats. That is a quality scrape. I don't think I would have identified what it was, but I'll have an idea now if I see something like that. Great shot of the shadow, too. Surprising that such a long flat mountain casts a sharp shadow.
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dsefcik
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2/25/2020
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Buford wrote:
For all the Bobcat signs around it's amazing how little of them are actually seen.

They are around..








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