I finally got around to hiking up to Whale Peak. I planned a route up from Bisnaga Wash almost one year ago and never went. I would not recommend this route for anyone who just wants to summit Whale Peak, I would suggest one of the more popular routes up from Blair Valley or Pinyon Mtn. It took me most of the day to hike it but in the end it was worth it.
See all the pictures from the trip here http://www.darensefcik.com/Photography/Anza-Borrego-Desert-State-Park/Whale-Peak-10-07-2011/19490750_TmpnG6
Here is a Google Earth image of the actual route recorded by my GPS
This is the route going up just after getting out of the wash. Whale Peak is way off in the distance about 5 miles away
This was a steep wash ravine Google Earth didn't show me
Started finding pottery going up
Got to walk in a small sandy wash for awhile, lots of animal tracks
There was some more pottery and a small milling feature along the way
It was at this steep climb near the top I almost convinced myself to turn around and go back to my truck where there was cold beer waiting
I pressed on and found this cool old Juniper tree at the top of the ridge line
I still had two valleys like this to cross to get to the top of Whale Peak, that would still be another 1.5 miles or so.
At the top of Whale Peak looking west towards the Laguna Mountains and Vallecito Valley below
On the east side of the peak you can see the Salton Sea
There is a rock shelter that guards the hikers register. There were many great places to camp overnight at the top.
The register. This is a popular peak with entries every few days.