Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
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

(February 16, 2008)


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

(February 16, 2008)


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

(February 16, 2008)


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Above the beach at the mouth of Whale Gulch

(February 16, 2008)


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A line of sag ponds south of Whale Gulch

(November 30, -0001)


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Several small ponds lie behind at slump block near Whale Gulch

(February 16, 2008)


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Jones Beach, between Whale Gulch and Needle Rock

(February 16, 2008)


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Low Gap Creek runs across Jones Beach

(February 16, 2008)


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Jones Beach on a cold foggy winter day

(February 16, 2008)


Next Locality: Needle Rock