Ascent of Skinner Peak on 2016-05-15

Climber: David Comerzan

Date:Sunday, May 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Skinner Peak
    Elevation:7120 ft / 2170 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was two days of hiking up near Lake Isabella. It was part of HPS’s Spring Fling. I was a participant in the two scheduled hikes.
On Saturday, the first day, we did Onyx #2. We went HPS Rt. 1, this time going up the ridge. The ridge is steep and loose, but doable. Once at the top of the ridge, there was a ducked use trail to the summit. On the summit we found a register but no benchmark. After Onyx, I did two nearby PB peaks. I drove to the community of Weldon and took Fay Ranch Road about 1 and ½ miles north. There was a dirt road on the left side (west). There was a gate and it was open. This area was called the Kern River Preserve. I drove about a ¼ mile and parked. The two peaks were easy to spot. I headed towards a saddle between the two. I made the mistake of going a little high. I had to cross a boulder strewed creek bed, over a fence and across a field of foxtails. On the return, I went lower and missed of this fun stuff. Just before the start of the saddle, I headed straight up to Red Tail. On the summit, I found register and a stake cross. In the register, the peak was called Tega Peak. It must be what the locals call it. There were quite a few signatures. From Red Tail, I dropped down to the saddle then up the nice easy ridge to 3925. I didn’t find any register or BM, but lots of great views. On the way out, I had a little surprise waiting for me. The open gate I drove through was locked with me on the inside. I wasn’t sure what to do, but when I took a close look at the chain, I noticed a clip on it. By opening this clip, I was able to remove the chain and open the gate. If you are going to do these peaks, make sure the clip is still there. I then drove to the Pioneer Point Campground to join the Spring Fling actives (mainly eating, drinking and BS around the fire). Spent the night there.
On Sunday, we drove over to Bird Spring Pass, where the PCT crosses the road. The road in was in good shape and most sedans could make it. We followed the PCT to the 7500’ level then crossed country to the summit. The summit is a little confusing. There are two rock piles. The one that is SE of the other has a benchmark and a wood stake. The other one had the register and looked a little higher. We returned the same way. We met a lot of PCT through hikers coming and going. We went out via Kelso Valley to Jawbone Canyon Rd to 14. We felt this was faster then going back to Walker’s Pass.
10:10 am Depart. 2953’
12:50 pm Onyx #2. 5244’
2:50 pm Car. 4 miles round trip, 2300’ gain, 4 hours, 40 minutes.
3:15 pm Depart. 2700’
3:55 pm Red Tail Hawk Point. 3048’
5:20 pm Pek 3925.
6:30 pm Car. 4 miles round trip, 1300’ gain, 3 hours, 15 minutes.
Total for the day: 8 miles round trip, 3600’ gain, 7 hours, 55 minutes.
8:30 am Depart. 5300’
11:05 am Skinner Peak. 7120’
1:25 pm Car. 8 miles round trip, 1700’ gain, 4 hours, 55 minutes.
Total for the weekend: 16 miles round trip, 5300’ gain, 12 hours, 50 minutes.
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