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dsefcik
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10/11/2010
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I want to go for an overnight backpack trip this weekend and have a few possibilities, one being Whale Peak. I know there are a couple of informal trails up the peak but I mapped out something in google earth, does this look realistic to anyone?




It looks like about 11 miles total distance and about 1,000' per mile up and down, not too bad IMO. I am just not sure of the actual terrain. Basically it would loop up the south side starting in Bisnaga Alta Wash, camp at Whale Peak and then down thru Smuggler Canyon with a stop at the petroglyph's the next morning.

Anybody interested in trying this?

Daren
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10/22/2010
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I have never hiked up to Whale Peak.
I know David who is on this forum has.

Be curious if that route is doable?
best,
Bob

dsefcik wrote:
I want to go for an overnight backpack trip this weekend and have a few possibilities, one being Whale Peak. I know there are a couple of informal trails up the peak but I mapped out something in google earth, does this look realistic to anyone?




It looks like about 11 miles total distance and about 1,000' per mile up and down, not too bad IMO. I am just not sure of the actual terrain. Basically it would loop up the south side starting in Bisnaga Alta Wash, camp at Whale Peak and then down thru Smuggler Canyon with a stop at the petroglyph's the next morning.

Anybody interested in trying this?

Daren
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10/22/2010
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I have been up there probably 10+ times but I have NEVER been that way. I take the short trail from Pinyon Mountain Valley. The first couple of times going that way it is a little confusing but not too difficult. From the top looking down your planned route I say that way is doable but not for me. I look up that way every time we drive down S-2 but never even considered going that way. If you do that I would love to see some pics and hear what it was like. I was planning on going up there this weekend but my buddy hurt his back so we are car camping somewhere out there but no backpacking. Should be interesting to see what the rain did this week.
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10/2/2011
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So I have some very tentative plans to do this backpack/hike this weekend. If anyone is interested in going let me know, I am planning to start up Friday morning.

Daren

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10/4/2011
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Have a great time. Looks like the weather will be terrific. It looks like it may rain up there (Whale Peak) this week which will make the views very nice after the storm passes through. Looks like almost exactly one year since you started this plan but I bet it will be worth it. If it is windy, there is a nice campsite on the western edge of the summit plateau that is protected from the wind by rocks and trees. We stayed there one night when it rained and the wind was howling over our heads but hardly a whisper in the campsite. It also has a nice large, somewhat flat rock for relaxing and enjoying the views to the west.

We are heading back to the Sierra for 5 days to check out the fall colors. Hopefully the snow will end in the Sierra on Thursday, then it is supposed to be cold but sunny for the next few days. Can't wait to get back up there. When we return it will definitely be time to get back out into the desert.
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10/5/2011
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hikerdmb wrote:
Have a great time. Looks like the weather will be terrific. It looks like it may rain up there (Whale Peak) this week which will make the views very nice after the storm passes through. Looks like almost exactly one year since you started this plan but I bet it will be worth it. If it is windy, there is a nice campsite on the western edge of the summit plateau that is protected from the wind by rocks and trees. We stayed there one night when it rained and the wind was howling over our heads but hardly a whisper in the campsite. It also has a nice large, somewhat flat rock for relaxing and enjoying the views to the west.

We are heading back to the Sierra for 5 days to check out the fall colors. Hopefully the snow will end in the Sierra on Thursday, then it is supposed to be cold but sunny for the next few days. Can't wait to get back up there. When we return it will definitely be time to get back out into the desert.
David


Thanks for tip on the campsite David, my tentative plans take into account the weather and my work schedule (which has not afforded me much more than a few two day trips this summer). Last year when I hiked half way up it was in the high 90's (that was in Oct) and there are no water sources along the way. I am jealous of the Sierra trip, have a great time. I did not get out to Death Valley this summer, first time in years and I am feeling withdrawal symptoms.

Have fun on your trip,
Daren

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10/5/2011
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Have a good time and watch out for bees wink
Hope you get some good pictures up there.

Looks like I am here for the next couple of weekends due to a beer making class smile

Bob

dsefcik wrote:
hikerdmb wrote:
Have a great time. Looks like the weather will be terrific. It looks like it may rain up there (Whale Peak) this week which will make the views very nice after the storm passes through. Looks like almost exactly one year since you started this plan but I bet it will be worth it. If it is windy, there is a nice campsite on the western edge of the summit plateau that is protected from the wind by rocks and trees. We stayed there one night when it rained and the wind was howling over our heads but hardly a whisper in the campsite. It also has a nice large, somewhat flat rock for relaxing and enjoying the views to the west.

We are heading back to the Sierra for 5 days to check out the fall colors. Hopefully the snow will end in the Sierra on Thursday, then it is supposed to be cold but sunny for the next few days. Can't wait to get back up there. When we return it will definitely be time to get back out into the desert.
David


Thanks for tip on the campsite David, my tentative plans take into account the weather and my work schedule (which has not afforded me much more than a few two day trips this summer). Last year when I hiked half way up it was in the high 90's (that was in Oct) and there are no water sources along the way. I am jealous of the Sierra trip, have a great time. I did not get out to Death Valley this summer, first time in years and I am feeling withdrawal symptoms.

Have fun on your trip,
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10/30/2011
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Finally got around to hiking this, see TR here http://forums.anzaborrego.net/travel/anzaborregoprevious/forum/topic155-whale-peak--inner-pasture--goat-cyn-trestle.aspx

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