USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: San Diego County, about 17 miles east-southeast of Julian, 156 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||San Diego County|
|Forest Service||Cleveland National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Whale Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable PDF file - Approximately 5 megs|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
- Distance: 9 miles round trip on road cross-country (from 2WD parking)
- Gain: 2100'
- Time: 5-6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Difficult
Original: Henry Heusinkveld, October 1969
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Take I-15 south to Temecula.
- Go southeast on SR 79 to Warner Springs.
- Continue 3 miles on SR 79 to the intersection with S2 on the
left. Turn left.
- Go southeast on S2 about 17 miles to SR 78 (Scissors Crossing).
- Jog 1/3 mile west on SR 78 (right) and continue on S2
for 4.4 miles to the State Park boundary. Turn left on Pinyon Mountain
- Note your odometer and go as follows:
- Keep right at an immediate fork.
- At 3.8 miles, large rocks in the road. This will be a problem for
most vehicles. Vehicles other than high clearance 4WD may high center on rocks.
- At 4.3 miles, fork. Keep right. Just past this spot is a fork to the
right and a flat area suitable for camping. Continue straight at this
- At 5.7 miles, a fork. Turn right.
- At 6.0 miles, a parking area at the end of the road. Park here 4120').
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area (3500') hike on the road described in the driving directions to the 4WD parking area.
- Hike south up a short canyon to a large level area.
- Cross this area in a southeast direction toward the visible
- A ducked route on this ridge goes up to the left around its east
end to another flat area.
- Head south across this and follow the
occasionally ducked route up and around the ridges on the left to 4640',
the head of Smugglers Canyon, which drops off to the right.
- Follow the ducks south up the side of the ridge ahead to about 4800'. Then
change direction to southeast and enter a little grassy valley that runs
parallel to the Whale Peak ridge. There is a sandy path leading across it
directly eastwards to a point just below the west-northwest side of the
- Climb up the slope to the saddle due west of the peak at 5150'. From
here go east up to the summit plateau and then to the summit boulder at
the east end of the plateau. The sign-in register is often located inside a rock shelter at the base of the summit boulder.
use trail is difficult to follow in places. There are many ducked routes
that apparently go nowhere.