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Whale Gulch
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

There was once a trail over Chemise Mountain connecting the north Lost Coast Trail at Shelter Cove to Sinkyone and the southern part of the trail. Apparently a combination of rugged terrain and hostile local residents caused the BLM and state park officials to give up on it, so now the trail dead-ends at Whale Gulch.

Whale Gulch is a narrow slot in the south flanks of the King Range, dropping into an impassable gorge in its last quarter mile. South of there the trail passes a series of huge slump blocks and sag ponds, followed by a black sand beach. Wild remote country for sure.


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On the trail in lush green Whale Gulch

On the trail in lush green Whale Gulch

On the trail in lush green Whale Gulch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Whale Gulch opens to the ocean at the north end of Sinkyone

Whale Gulch opens to the ocean at the north end of Sinkyone

Whale Gulch opens to the ocean at the north end of Sinkyone

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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The lower part of Whale Gulch is hidden in a deep narrow gorge

The lower part of Whale Gulch is hidden in a deep narrow gorge

The lower part of Whale Gulch is hidden in a deep narrow gorge

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Above the beach at the mouth of Whale Gulch

Above the beach at the mouth of Whale Gulch

Above the beach at the mouth of Whale Gulch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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A line of sag ponds south of Whale Gulch

A line of sag ponds south of Whale Gulch

A line of sag ponds south of Whale Gulch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: November 30, -0001
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Several small ponds lie behind at slump block near Whale Gulch

Several small ponds lie behind at slump block near Whale Gulch

Several small ponds lie behind at slump block near Whale Gulch

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Jones Beach, between Whale Gulch and Needle Rock

Jones Beach, between Whale Gulch and Needle Rock

Jones Beach, between Whale Gulch and Needle Rock

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Low Gap Creek runs across Jones Beach

Low Gap Creek runs across Jones Beach

Low Gap Creek runs across Jones Beach

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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Jones Beach on a cold foggy winter day

Jones Beach on a cold foggy winter day

Jones Beach on a cold foggy winter day

Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, California

Date photographed: February 16, 2008
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