[pct-l] Planning a Trip for 2012

Jackie McDonnell yogihikes at gmail.com
Mon Oct 3 13:21:59 CDT 2011

Hello Tim -

April is prime time to start a hike from the Mexican border.  I recommend
you contact Barney & Sandy Mann, or Girl Scout.  They are the folks who host
hikers at their homes in San Diego.  They'll take you to the border.

Instead of finding a way back to San Diego from Idyllwild, I recommend
flying out of Palm Springs instead.  To do this, instead of going to
Idyllwild, continue on the PCT, take a side trail over to the tram on San
Jacinto, take the tram down to Palm Springs, fly home from their.


On Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM, Tim Gustafson <tjg at tgustafson.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm planning on hiking the PCT in sections starting in April of 2012
> at the Mexican border.  I was planning on flying into San Diego, and
> then somehow getting from the airport to the trail head, and then
> hiking to Idyllwild over the course of about 2 weeks, and then somehow
> getting from Idyllwild back to the San Diego airport.
> So, I have three questions:
> 1. Does anyone have any recommendations for the best way to get from
> San Diego to the trail head?
> 2. Is two weeks a sufficient amount of time for this trip?  Craig's
> PCT Planner says "yes", with room to spare, but I was wondering if
> anyone had any recommendations one way or the other?
> 3. Does anyone have any recommendations for the best way to get from
> Idyllwild back to San Diego airport?
> I checked Super Shuttle, and they appear to go from San Diego Airport
> to Campo, and from Idyllwild to Long Beach Airport (which would be
> fine), but it's like $190 for the trip from San Diego to Campo, and
> like $290 for the trip from Idyllwild to Long Beach.  That's actually
> more than the air fare to get to either airport.  So, I was hoping
> that there was a less expensive way.
> Thanks!
> --
> Tim Gustafson
> tjg at tgustafson.com
> http://tgustafson.com/
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