Thanks Chad, we'll definitely call on you if the opportunity arises.
I've been asking around and thanks to Hikin Jim, I have a ton more info about the proposed route. I think its safe to say that we can start way over at Three Points on the PCT. This will give us a good long day or day and a half from Cloudburst east to Little Jimmy Camp with plenty of water along the way. Burn damage should be minimal on the entire route.
Now here's where we have a decision to make, stay on the PCT and make this a straight forward hike out to Lytle taking the grand tour of Blue Ridge and Lytle Creek Drainage --or--- Drop down into Vincent Gulch and go for an adventurous cross-country bushwack to Baldy or to East Fork San Gabriel River. Baldy would require alot of off-trail routefinding and a summit of 9500 Dawson Peak only to drop 1,000 feet and then climb back up to Baldy at 10,000ft. East Fork is still alot of cross-country, but little elevation gain in comparison to Baldy.
Either would probably make this a 3 or 4 day hike. Any preferences or suggestions? I have been wanting to see all of these options so I can go either way. Original idea was out to Baldy but I wasnt sure everyone was in the mood for a mini-epic or what.
Lots of interesting options. This guy really knows the place well and has been extremely helpful, thanks Hikin Jim!