HIKING IN THE KERN RIVER VALLEY IS AMAZING AND FUN!
This is a class 1,2, and 3 day hike. Essentially this means that part of the hike is on a trail, there is a lot of cross country, and there will be some basic rock climbing that will require your hands and feet. Due to the wide variety of skills necessary to complete this hike it is not recommended for beginners. Though this hike is challenging it isn't the most difficult hike in the world. If you are in good shape, and you are adventurous then you should be fine. This hike is 7.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2750' so we can maintain a comfortable pace and still get out at a reasonable time. Please join the waiting list if you are interested in going on this hike, and you will be added when you are approved.
Also, this hike is contingent upon whether we have enough high clearance vehicles to get to the trailhead. If you are bringing such a vehicle and you can carry some passengers then please note this in the comment section. The road isn't horrible, but we won't be able to get to the trailhead without high clearance vehicles.
[masked]. Bird Spring Pass Trailhead. PCT.
SKINNER PEAK WEATHER (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.5616163&lon=-118.11960820000002&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=Pacific%20Crest%20Trail%2C%20Onyx%2C%20CA%2093255%2C%20USA)
Part 1. The Skinner Peak Loop.
3.5 miles RT with an elevation gain of 1750'.
We will meet at the Sierra Gateway in South Lake at 8:00am.
We will drive to the trailhead [masked], [masked]) (5370') on Bird Spring Canyon Road and be hiking towards Skinner Peak (HPS (http://angeles.sierraclub.org/hps/Peaks/02P.html)) before 9:00am.
We will hike cross country up the ridgeline to Skinner Peak (http://www.summitpost.org/skinner-peak/289086) (7120') [masked], [masked]).
We will follow the PCT along the ridge.
We will scree ski down to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) (http://www.pcta.org/).
We will hike on the PCT back to the trailhead where we will have lunch.
[masked]. View from Skinner Peak looking towards Kelso Valley.
Part 2 - The PCT and Wyley's Knob Up-&-Back.
4 miles RT with an elevation gain of 1000'.
We will continue on the PCT south for awhile.
We will get off at the ridge that leads to Wyley's Knob.
We will hike up to Wyley's Knob (6320') [masked], [masked]).
We will hike back to the vehicles, and then drive back to the Sierra Gateway Spirit Gas Station.
[masked]. Wyley's Knob and the PCT.
What is better than hiking to one peak in the Kern River Valley?
Hiking to two peaks of course!
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here (http://www.climber.org/data/decimal.html) ).
LIABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY statements:
*** WAIVER OF LIABILITY *** The Organizers and members in this group are not professional leaders, guides, or mountaineers. The function of the member or organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who shows up for a trip/meetup (and their guest or guests) is responsible for his or her own safety. By attending a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging that you and any guests that you bring are aware that Kern River Valley Hiking Club events involve risks, and could result in injury, illness, death, and damage or loss of property. The dangers include but are not limited to: the hazards of traveling in remote areas without medical services or care, the forces of nature, the inherent dangers involved in participation in sports, wilderness travel, and social activities, and the negligent actions of other persons or agencies. You agree to freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards. You further agree to release and discharge the Organizers, Members of the Kern River Valley Hiking Club - Tulare-Kern Peakbags & Hikes from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.
*** PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY *** No one in the group is a guide or in any way responsible for your comfort or safety. Please be prepared with adequate gear and supplies for the trip. Please remember that going out into wilderness has risks associated with it and you should be aware and prepared to address any changes in weather, road conditions or to look out for/avoid random acts of nature, including insects, wild animals and natural hazards. It is your responsibility to evaluate the difficulty of any activity you participate in, and decide whether you are prepared by having the experience, skill, knowledge, equipment, and the physical and emotional stamina to safely participate.