Ascent of Whale Peak on 2018-11-17

Climber: Jim Wick

Others in Party:Larry Edmonds
Mark Sutton
Jim Leckie
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Whale Peak
    Elevation:5349 ft / 1630 m

Ascent Trip Report

Met the group at the intersection of S2 and Blair Valley Rd (dirt). Since this is a heavily traveled dirt road, took the BMW 530i all the way to the trail head. There were 2 sections that I had to go slow and pick my line. I got into a 3-point stance once on the way in ;)...had a better angle on the way out. Didn't bottom out was the important part. Started hiking at 8:15am. Plan was for the HPS route 1 most of the way. Saved the pictographs for on the return (although the sun angle would have made for much better shots in the morning). After almost a mile in and just shy of the pictographs, started the left hand turn up the upper smugglers canyon wash. Found a section marker along the way. The wash eventually veers right and becomes our route up a boulder filled ravine. There are different boulder sizes for everyone;). Part way up, one member of the group got lost...well started a direct route up the ridge (too early). We finally could see & communicate with him. We would meet him towards the top but he had looks of up/downs/arounds almost tiring him out completely before the upper trail. We continued up the ravine. There is a large duck which many take the direct route up from there. half our group did. I led the rest of the group up the nice trail route; which is slightly longer in distance but certainly makes up in time. We were all able to meet back together before the final summit push (thankfully). A solo hiker met us at the summit. We hung out for almost 40 minutes. Signed the register. Found the benchmark and 2 reference markers. I thought about going for the azimuth marker but we had several hikers of different speeds that would easily lose the trail. So returned down the same route. Found another section marker on the way back. Went to the pictographs then returned to the trailhead for our customary post hike party. Great hike, would do that hike again someday.

Stats include all stops/breaks.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2677 ft / 815 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2677 ft / 815 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1-2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2453 ft / 747 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2229 ft / 680 m; Extra: 224 ft / 68m
    Loss on way in:224 ft / 68 m
    Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route:HPS Route 1
    Start Trailhead:Blair Valley TH  3120 ft / 950 m
    Time:3 Hours 32 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2453 ft / 747 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2229 ft / 680 m; Extra: 224 ft / 68m
    Gain on way out:224 ft / 68 m
    Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route:HPS Route 1
    End Trailhead:Blair Valley TH  3120 ft / 950 m
    Time:2 Hours 29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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