ApproachSee "Getting There".
Route DescriptionTrailhead Elevation: 12000 ft
One Way Distance per my GPS: 1.25 miles
You can take any path up the slopes of Buckskin. I will, however, describe the route that I took. It lead me to a short section of slippery scree that I could have probably avoided.
At the Kite Lake Parking area, you will find the main trail heading north to Mt. Democrat. Another trail starts by the pit toilet and heads west to Lake Emma. I followed this trail until it began to veer north toward Lake Emma. Here, I left the trail, crossed the creek and went up a slippery scree slope to reach a relatively flat grassy area at 12800 ft where a powerline runs (from Kite Lake you can probably head toward the east end of the powerline where you will encounter little or no scree).
Above the powerline, the hike will be over generally stable boulders/large rocks.