I did this hut to hut trip going from Skinner Hut to Uncle Bud's Hut. I think that I'd like it better going from Uncle Bud's to Skinner Hut, just to cut off some of the length to Skinner. It's about a 6.5 mile hike with a vertical drop of 1,400 feet before the climb to Skinner. Part of this trip follows the colorado trail, so it has plenty of blazes. You will be doing a lot of small climb and decents along the way from Uncle Bud's to the start of the Skinner climb.