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Ascent of Skinner Peak on 1994-04-01

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, April 1, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Skinner Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7120 ft / 2170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Skinner is an easy climb just a short distance off the Pacific Crest Trail which contours along the eastern side of the mountain. The hike from the north on the PCT is easier and more scenic than the trail on the south side which starts at Bird Spring Pass. To reach the PCT north of the mountain, take BLM road SC65 which intersects route 14 at a point 8.7 mi. south of the junction of 178 from Lake Isabella. Continue NW on this road to where it crosses the aqueduct at 4.5 mi. and turn right. At 7.1 mi. you will reach Horse Canyon well on the left and at 11.4 mi. a sign indicates the Sequoia National Forest boundary. The road then climbs steeply up several switchbacks to a saddle at 13.7 mi. where there is room for only a few cars to park at the trailhead. The road continues north to a microwave radio site. The PCT is less than 50 ft. below the road on the west side of the saddle and a sign marks the junction where the PCT crosses the Scodie motorcycle trail, number 36E04, which starts at this point. From here the hike to Skinner is about 1 3/4 mi. one-way and takes about 2 hours round-trip. The benchmark is about 10 ft. lower and 40 ft. SE of the highest point. The BLM Desert Access Guide listed above is recommended for driving. A description of the PCT in this area is given in "The Pacific Crest Trail", Vol. 1, 4th ed., by Schaffer, Schifrin, Winnett, and Jenkins. See page 182.
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