Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak

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Sequoia National Forest

Bird Spring Pass to Skinner Peak is a 8.5 mile 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.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,817 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly



bird watching


no shade

2 months ago

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.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

This is a well traveled dirt road with fair (not easy) access to the Scodie Mountain Wilderness area. There are many Sandy areas that I’d recommend 4 wheel drive. Views of the desert area are spectacular.

Tue May 28 2019

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.

Sat May 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.

off trail
Sun Mar 31 2019

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

Sun Mar 17 2019

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. :-)

Fri Aug 11 2017

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.

Thu Jan 09 2014

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.

Sat Jan 07 2012

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.

5 months ago

Sun Apr 14 2019

Sat Nov 08 2014