Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak

Ridgecrest, California

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."

Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak Reviews

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12/12/2005
Gorgeous, south-facing hike. Great for fall/winter dayhikes, due to sun-exposure. I imagine the spring wildflower show is outstanding as well. Found two USGS markers at Skinner Peak, but no register. We did find a moldy Christian booklet in a bird-pecked Ziploc bag tucked under a rock.
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Trail Information

Ridgecrest
Nearby City
8.2
Distance
1,765 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 to 4 hours
Duration
Best mid-April through mid-June and mid-September through mid-November
Season
5,355 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,120 feet
Top Elevation
Sequoia National Forest, Cannell Meadow Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Cane Canyon, Horse Canyon
Local Maps
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