based on 18 tracks & routes Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness #4 hike out of 25 in
4 hrs 39 min
This is a difficult out and back trail to Whale Peak in Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness.
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Whale Peak north approach, via the route that Jerry Schad describes in his book "Afoot & Afield in San Diego County." On the way down, it's easy to miss the trail junction when "rolling downhill" in the small wash, where walking is really easy. And that's of course what happened to us. :) Also, we had to hike the 4 extra miles (round trip) because of the narrow spot on Pinyon Mountain Road that I didn't dare to drive with my 2WD car (up to that spot, high clearance and some experience driving on sandy desert dirt roads is definitely recommended).