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Skinner Ridge Trail

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Wilderness Freeway: Heavily used and well maintained.
Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined.
Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident.
Difficult: Brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread.
Impassable: Completely overgrown or tread obliterated.

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Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by pantilat on Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:20 pm

Date Hiked: December 17, 2017
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Turner Creek Trail JCT to Big Pines Trail JCT (east end of trail):
The junction with the Turner Creek Trail is now a large cleared firebreak. Soon after turning onto the Skinner Ridge Trail look for ribbons on the left for the trail which switchbacks up the ridge to Devils Peak versus the firebreak which takes a very steep line straight up. The switchbacks to Devils Peak are clear with some notable erosion from winter rains. After Devils Peak the trail is mostly on top of the firebreak for a couple miles. Unfortunately, the bulldozers obliterated the tread and while the post-fire restoration included putting in water bars, it did not include reestablishing a firm tread. What's there now is a usepath through (and sometimes on top of) the grass with a lot loose rocks and gopher holes so caution must be taken. On the steepest part of the descent from Devils Peak the usepath heads straight down on the firebreak, but the switchback on the north side of the ridge is still there and clear. Shortly after the Comings Camp junction, the firebreak heads up to point 4052 while the trail turns right leaving the firebreak/ridge crest and traverses the hillside. The tread is sometimes faint to nonexistent with deer paths through grassy sections sometime more pronounced than the former trail. There are also a few new blowdowns. The tread becomes easier to follow as one rounds the corner with views of Pat Springs the broad saddle between Pine (Comings) Creek and Danish Creek. Only a badly burnt wood post marks the junction with the Big Pines Trail. While beyond the end of the trail, Pat Springs is flowing well.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by Dan Hartmann on Fri May 29, 2015 9:40 pm

Date Hiked: May 26, 2015
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Botchers Gap to Pat Spring (Skinner Ridge Trail).

Trail is easy to follow the whole way, very few fallen trees. Poison oak is encroaching the trail in a lot of places, and a few are so tight there seem to be some use trails forming avoiding them.

Pat Spring running as always.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by pantilat on Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:08 pm

Date Hiked: March 7, 2015
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

The Skinner Ridge Trail to Pat Springs is clear of obstacles and well defined. The new blowdowns approaching Pat Springs from the December storm were removed. The patch of poison oak above the saddle between Skinner Ridge and Devils Peak currently can be passed without touching any of the poison oak, but the plant lines the trail here and in a couple other spots, and will probably encroach a little with spring growth.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by K Vandevere on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:10 am

Date Hiked: December 24, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

From Bottcher's Gap to Devil's Peak, this trail is currently swarming with pigeon and squirrel hunters. Walking it is like strolling through the middle of a shooting gallery. You can expect frequent volleys of gunfire on all sides. Shotgun shells, beverage and food containers and other slob hunter generated trash is also beginning to line the route. As mentioned in the previous post, the trail can no longer be considered clear. Recent storms have brought down minor deadfalls and lowered branches to where they must be ducked under. If you're looking for peace and solitude, best wait for the end of pigeon season.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by Durrvival on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:39 am

Date Hiked: December 5, 2014
General Condition: Passable (some brush and/or deadfalls, tread evident)

Great trail- there was some deadfall that we have to manuever around by either climbing over or passing packs under, but able to follow the trail- took it to Pat Springs. Mostly uphill, but worth the views at the top.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by K Vandevere on Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:43 pm

Date Hiked: November 28, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Bottcher's Gap to Turner Creek Junction

Heavily used by man and beast (I encountered over 20 people and about 10 dogs on this short section). Mildly encroaching vegetation, including a fair amount of (currently leafless) poison oak, keeps it from qualifying as a Wilderness Freeway.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by Vollset on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:38 pm

Date Hiked: November 12, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Bottchers Gap to Mount Carmel (see separate report for Mount Carmel trail)

No Poison Oak, but some encroachment past Turner Creek intersection. Easy trail to follow, but views from skinner ridge before Turner Creek is limited fom trail - worth looking for the view points if not going up to Devils.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by CaliJim on Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:17 pm

Date Hiked: April 30, 2014
General Condition: Difficult (brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread)

First timer. Day hike. Up and back. Bottchers to Turner Creek Trail intersection and back.

Mostly Passable, but Difficult to almost Impassable in areas with Poison Oak.

It is possible to step around most of the PO, but with another week or two of growth, those allergic to PO (ME!) will have to turn around.

There are eight to ten ~20' stretches where the PO is extremely difficult. Tread is well defined, just getting overgrown with PO in a few stretches.

Also - the Pit Toilets Bottchers are swarming with bees and are unusable. :-( I wish I hadn't paid my $5 to park for the day. The concessionaire is not earning their pay.

It was a beautiful day for a hike though. Great views out to the ocean and inland.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:41 pm

Date Hiked: January 25, 2014
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Hiked from Bottchers Gap to Pat Springs. The Trail is well marked and well defined, but I am marking this section as "clear" instead of "wilderness freeway" because there are a few sections where PO is most definitely encroaching onto the trail. With a little care it is easily avoidable this time of year while not in bloom. Pat Springs is still flowing despite the drought.

Re: Skinner Ridge Trail

Post by jack_glendening on Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:19 am

Date Hiked: November 8, 2013
General Condition: Clear (no obstacles and tread well defined)

Re preceding post, water IS available at Turner Creek Camp, and at Apple Tree Camp - see viewtopic.php?f=36&t=277&p=7540#p7540

Water is also available at Comings Camp - and of course at Pat Spring