April 16, 2016 - I flew into Palm Springs and my buddy B-squared (Bob) picked me up. We walked around Palm Springs and had lunch before heading north to Palm Desert where he lives.
April 17, 2016, 6.4 miles: Bob drove me to the town of Idyllwild where I started hiking the PCT around 10:30am. I started at the Humber Park Trailhead (altitude 6,479 feet) with an immediate increase to almost 9,000 feet and then dropping down to 8,094 feet to camp for the night. The number one issue with the PCT, especially down in southern CA, is that water is very scarce. Consequently, I had loaded up with water at the start of the hike but ended up dumping some of it after an hour of hiking.