Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak Professional Review and Guide
"This view-packed day hike follows the gently graded Pacific Crest Trail to a boulder-crowned summit in the extreme southern Sierra Nevada, where vistas stretch across the Mojave Desert to the distant San Gabriel Mountains. The Pacific Crest Trail north of Bird Spring Pass is seldom used, save for PCT through-hikers in late spring. This segment affords the fastest access to the plateau top of the Scodie Mountains and brings hikers within easy striking distance of the Scodies’ highest point, 7,120-foot Skinner Peak.The hike is rigorous, gaining nearly 1,800 feet of elevation, though the trail maintains moderate grades. The sandy tread of the PCT, sometimes trod by grazing cattle, follows a moderate grade northwest from the pass among Joshua trees and a variety of shrubs, including big sagebrush, Mormon tea, brittlebush, and hop-sage.These south-facing slopes are ablaze with wildflowers in springtime."