Mike's Hikes: A Transition-Zone Adventure Up Whale Peak

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 8:00am to 4:30pm


Instructor: Mike Puzzo
$45 Public / $35 ABF Members

Want to go on a serious adventure in Anza-Borrego but don’t know the area well enough to go it alone? Not for the feeble-legged or the weak-hearted, Mike’s Hikes are extremely strenuous treks through difficult terrain. All participants should be very experienced hikers, accustomed to full day, 10+ mile strenuous hikes. Each person should be prepared with their own essentials- water, food, clothing… the works. Due to the difficulty of these hikes, the hike leader reserves the right to turn a participant away if deemed unprepared.

Our second of three Mike's Hikes will be rewarding, but difficult. We will start out in Blair Valley at the Pictograph trailhead. During our 8-mile trail and cross-country trek, we experience a striking transition from high desert to Pinyon Pine ecosystem. The hike will have a gradual elevation gain of 2,200 feet. Certain stretches will have fairly loose footing. Views of Harper and Hapaha Flats, as well as the southern portion of the Park, the Santa Rosas and the Laguna Mountains await you at the summit. There is a possibility of a significant temperature difference between the bottom section and the summit, so be sure to bring extra layers.

Bring: AT LEAST 1 gallon of water, lunch, snacks, gloves and anything you need to be prepared for a day-long, strenuous trek during the desert winter. Be sure to bring a headlamp as a precaution. If you have a multi-tool for removing large cactus spines, we recommend bringing it along.

Meet: Blair Valley turnoff, off Highway S-2 near mile marker 23.