I hunted that area years ago. We use to go up Fir Mountain Road, south of Hood River, off of Hwy 35, I think. There's quite a few big elk south of Hood River and The Dalles. Went to High School in The Dalles, so your inquiry brought back some fond memories.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...