Whaleback's great attributes include spectacular views from its towering bluffs above Lake Michigan, varied terrain which hosts unusual communities of plants and wildlife, and a location within easy walking distance of the village of Leland. The trail is well-groomed and easy to follow, however, it can be a challenging hike with the steep access trail to the flat 3/4 mile hilltop loop. There is an info kiosk at the trailhead and benches along the steep trail.
To get there from the junction of M-22 and M-204 (3 mi S. of Leland), take M-22 north approx. 1 mile. A sign on the west (left) side of M-22 marks the entrance to the parking area. Continue straight for a few hundred feet on the gravel road entrance to the parking area. Follow the marked trail through private property to the natural area.