Cabeza de Ballena

between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo

Cabeza de Ballena Point

There’s something beautifully uncorrupted about Cabeza de Ballena. Even though it sits in the middle of all the hotels between Cabo San Lucas & San Jose Del Cabo, it’s wild. In a distracted moment you could loose your balance and your life within sight of a dozen swanky restaurants and nobody would ever know. It’s definitely not for tourists, surfers or the party people and it’s as beautiful as anything I’ve ever seen. A short, well defined trail leads to the government lighthouse on the top of the hill and vertical granite cliffs fall straight to the Sea of Cortez below. On this February afternoon I followed a red desert fox bearing his distinctive black stripe and trademark long tail down a textbook Class 3 descent to the booming surf below. The climb back up was vertical enough to make me turn my cap around backwards to see my line (and wish I’d had a good rope).

I’d left my pack, cameras and tripod at the top and took the descent as a recon to see if I could do it at all – and see if the trail was possible with the added weight of camera gear. I really thought about it – maybe ten minutes – before vetoing the idea. The pack, which also holds the tripod, pulls quite a bit – making quick instinctive moves close to the line of ascent completely wonky. No way did I want to ride backwards down 600 feet of granite.

Instead, I set my panorama camera as close to the edge as possible and composed this image from the relative safety of the top. Below you can see the deeply fractured structure of the granite walls – the same distinct geology shared by arch that separates the Pacific Ocean from the Mar de Cortez in town. On this trip I tried to get around and down to the big rocks below three different ways and I was blocked each time. Next time…

About John Durant

Professional photographer in California
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