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Rocko1
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12/10/2020
Rocko1
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On Sunday I hiked up to Whale starting in the canyon just north of Shake Benchmark. I have been traditional route via Pinyon Mountain Road and up Smugglers Canyon. This route starts where the road ends and goes up a small canyon.



Video
https://imgur.com/PXtqVBJ

The canyon empties out into a pretty good size valley.


The canyon I went up is to the right of center. East going, just pick a game trail and zig zag through.

This canyon is much easier to navigate than the one to the south. It's less choked, widens out sooner and seems less steep. Wouldn't have any issues with good size pack except a couple of boulders you need to pull yourself over and one tree you crawl under.

Video
https://imgur.com/vmK1hRE

Looking back down on my way up


Deer bone I assume.


Lot of dead Pinyons but some really nice ones as well once you hit 4,000ft or so.


Love the vibrance of the moss


As the canyon widens out there are plenty of nice places to camp. Lots of animal tracks up this canyon. I assume because it's an easier route it's the preferred path to get to lower elevations.
Video
https://imgur.com/5wCGldg

The canyon eventually leads to the standard trail to Whale. From the junction it's about 2 miles to the peak.





Going back was much quicker and I noticed even more cat tracks. 1 fully intact balloon recovered. I think this is my favorite route up to Whale. Longer but nice terrain changes.



11 miles, 2,700ft +/- gain.

edited by Rocko1 on 12/10/2020
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ziphius
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12/10/2020
ziphius
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Looks like a great time. I liked that route you took up, did it earlier this year. Gotta get back out there soon!

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Scooter
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12/10/2020
Scooter
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Great trip report. Beautiful day !
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dsefcik
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12/11/2020
dsefcik
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Great route, thanks for sharing. Did you sign in to the Shake register?

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tekewin
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12/15/2020
tekewin
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Thanks for awesome report! The canyon looks really fun. The video snips bring it to life.
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Rocko1
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12/16/2020
Rocko1
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tekewin wrote:
Thanks for awesome report! The canyon looks really fun. The video snips bring it to life.



Thanks. Here is a little video I put together. https://youtu.be/bfGdid3Otkw
edited by Rocko1 on 12/16/2020
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rockhopper
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12/17/2020
rockhopper
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Looks like you had superb weather. Great timing!

We had a snow ball fight on the north side. Whale has a neat eco system variation during the climb and has superb views on a clear day. Thanks for sharing.
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Britain
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12/17/2020
Britain
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Well done and some nice captures!

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