|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
California's largest state park is a favorite getaway for local hikers. For bird's-eye views of sprawling desert and neighboring ranges, tackle the 4.1-mile (one-way) route that gains 1,500 feet of elevation and tops out on Whale Peak’s rocky, 5,349-foot summit. On cloud-free days, views extend to the Salton Sea and across the Laguna Mountains.
Note: This route travels off-trail. Route-finding skills and map and compass skills are required.