Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak

Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak

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Sequoia National Forest

Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak is a 13.7 kilometer out and back trail located near Weldon, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length13.7 kmElevation gain554 mRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingBird watchingDog friendlyViewsNo shade
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2021
Hiking

A beautiful hike on the PCT. The weather was perfect and we climbed to Skinner Peak from Bird Spring Pass.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 15, 2021
HikingGreat!

I really enjoyed this hike, the view last all the way from when you turn off the 14, all the way up to the summit (when you find it/them). The road in was sandy, but in much better condition than I expected. Glad I have an SUV, but on a perfect weather day you can make it in a car, but you may want to bring emergency treads just in case. The trail was in excellent condition and trailhead for the PCT (both ways) easily marked and enough parking for the extremely limited visitor level; I had it all to myself except for 1 thru-hiker I met on my way down and heading towards Wyley’s. Last person to sign the register was over a month ago. The trail is a gradual incline and it made for just a good, non-exhausting hike. Now, the trail recoding here has a loop at the summit, but it’s NOT a trail. When you get near the summit, check your AllTrails position and leave the PCT when you’re close to the summit marked on the map. Once you leave the PCT, it’s a choose your own adventure; it’s not Bush-whacking in the least. There is plenty of room around any obstacle and many places look like they could be use-trails, but is just because the area between plants/trees naturally have gaps. While walking through, you’ll assume you’re not going to see shit for all the trees, but you’ll eventually come the rocky edges. Now, the important part. The ‘summit’ marked on the map will literally take you to an area between possible summits and you’d be heading down kind of a gully (if not off a cliff); looking from the AllTrails view, the area to the right of the summit is the highest point. Climb up those rocks and enjoy the views. There’s also an excellent summit to the left of the marked summit. I don’t know if there is a summit marker or not, but so many rocks and options, I doubt you’d ever find it if it exists. Easy hike all the way back down. Really nice trail and the road to the trailhead provides some fun and excellent scenery.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 31, 2020
HikingGreat!No shade

Definitely don’t take a car; even in my SUV the sandy road was tricky in a few places. Great hike - fantastic views the whole way, and not too steep. Unless I was seriously missing something, that final loop on the AllTrails map is not an actual trail. I bushwhacked up from the PCT to find what I think was the peak. The drive to the trailhead is very pretty as well.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 1, 2020
Hiking

It was a cold and windy day but even with those shitty conditions the hike was still pretty wonderful. You have to go off trail a wee bit to get to the top of the peak, but not by much. Hit a few patches of snow as well towards the top! The views are spectacular the entire way and even the drive up to the trail head is relaxing. The road is maintained pretty well for being dirt. Just make sure if you go on a windy day to bring some extra layers.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 28, 2019
Hiking

Went at the end of May. Getting there was easy, even though we did have a lot of rain here this year the road was fine, would have even been fine in a 2w drive vehicle. The trail was wonderful. Very easy and nice to hike, I expected it to be steeper but it was so easy going! There were tons of flowers and we could see far away over the valley. I would not recommend in hot weather, there is some shade on top but otherwise it is all exposed.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 11, 2019

I've done this hike twice, for the most part you follow the PCT and then go off trail to the summit. For a short cut take the sandy slope back down and cut off about 1 mile.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 31, 2019
HikingOff trail

I would not recommend a car to get to the trail head. Great hike but if you're trying to find the geographic coin you're guna have to go off trail and up the hill. I started going up the hill once I was on the back side of the mountain and noticed it was descending. Was able to find the rock formation and you'll see it where there's wire laying around

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 17, 2019
Hiking

3/16/3019 What a wonderful hike. The trail is easy to hike because it uses the PCT. This hike will offer expansive view of the valleys below. At the top of the ridge line you’ll be able to see Mt. Whitney to the North. From there you will go off trail to get to the summit of Skinner Peak. There is plenty of shade at the top for a relaxing break as you view the mountain ranges below . This is a nice moderate hike. At the trailhead there is a huge water cache for PCT’ers. I would not recommend this hike in the summer. :-)

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 11, 2017
Backpacking

Got it off the PCT in 2017. Awesome summit with a cool rock chair that you get 360 views from. Really hot and no water. Bring some. Keep an eye out for the ducks off the pct to get to the summit.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 9, 2014
Hiking

With a 2,000' elevation gain, according to my GPS, the Skinner Peak trailhead from Bird Springs Pass crosses the Pacific Crest Trail to Walker Pass, heading northeast. It is the highest southern peak on Scodie Mountain range. In the beginning the sandy side canyon trail has a trail-register box followed by numerous switchbacks that brings you to the rocky saddle. At approximately 4.1 miles be on the lookout for a hoodoo on the left that leads to the short uphill climb to Skinner Peak. Geological marker is on the southward rock outcropping when you reach the top.

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First to Review

This is an awsome trail its on the Pacific Crest almost all the way until you reach a duck route and then its a short cross country route to the peak which has awsome views of the Sierras to the north and the San Gabrial and the Tehachappi Mtn to the south and the Panimint Range to the east and the Piute Mtns to the west, go on a nice clear day and you will see them.

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