The San Gabriel Mountains are a rugged chain of peaks and ridges that run west from about I-15 to I-5, east of Los Angles. About 60 miles of the PCT traverses this range, including the highest point on the PCT outside of the Sierra Nevada. While either end of the PCT passing through this range is a bit barren, most of the high country is forested with a variety of pines and other trees.
Partway through this section I had a knee start to give out on me, so I took advantage of having Sue and a car along and, after the first night, was able to slack pack through most of the range. So much more enjoyable only carrying a camelback rather than a full load. A quick trip to Pasadena to pick up a knee brace broke up the journey, but saved the trip.
But suddenly I have to contend with this thing called Poodle Dog Brush. It is pretty common along the southern portion of the trail, especially in areas that have recently been burned. It looks soft and fluffy, but if you touch it you will likely come away from the experience wishing you had not. And of course, halfway up this long climb comes a half mile stretch of Poodle Dog Brush, much of it hanging out over the trail. It became a kind of dance, trying to move up the trail without allowing any part of me or my gear to touch this stuff. I think I did OK.
I later discovered that many hikers taking the Endangered Species detour from Eagle's Roost just continue up the road past Buckhorn to Cloudburst Summit. While it is a couple extra miles of road walk, it does save about 6 miles of trail.
If I had to pick one part of the PCT in southern California to revisit, the high country of the San Gabriel Mountains would be at least near the top of the list.