This enjoyable hike to Skinner Peak was led by none other than the
ever vigorous Vigil Popescu, on a warm Sunday morning in April. The
happy group of six included Virgil, Lilly Fukui, Val Saubhayana, Ginny
and Jim Heringer and Dave Cannon (who just did his "I" provisional the
day before, on Black Mountain #4).
We started our two-hour drive from Sylmar and at SR14 and SC 65 we
headed out on a dirt road for approximately 14 miles to the trailhead
at Bird Spring Pass.* We passed a lot of cows (some fat, some skinny),
and saw lots of blooming goldfields (yellow flowers).
We started our hike up the PCT and the names of the yellow, blue, and
purple flowers, along with plants (Mormon tea), and trees (Pinyon,
Joshua), were provided to us by Ginny while we hiked and saw a variety
of them. We also encountered lots of soft snow near the top and a few
of us were snacking on same. We got to the peak in less than two
hours, just in time to enjoy our lunch. The view from the peak was
spectacular - clear blue sky and puffs of altocumulus undulatus
With a full stomach we cheerfully headed down. By a suggestion from
Jim, we all took a nice shortcut to the lower portion of the trail.
This was fun. Before we knew it we were surrounded by the beautiful
yellow flowers again and sure enough back to our vehicles for a chat
and homemade banana bread for all! It was a very nice day, except for
the below incident.
*It is important to mention here to all ladies (and guys): DO NOT
leave your valuables in your car/truck/Jeep/SUVs at any time!!! A
theft (Val's purse and Virgil's coins) occurred from Virgil's vehicle
sometime during the four hours that we were gone hiking! We did see a
young man siting in his SUV when we got to Bird Spring Pass but he
soon got out and started hiking. He did have a backpack on him.
There were also quite a few bikers nearby. Still, we just can't
figure out who might have done this! There was no sign that Virgil's
vehicle was broken into. There is good news, however: A Kern County
Sheriff has caught the thief who had a lot of credit cards on him
(which didn't belong to him, of course), one of them being Val's!!!