The whole central portion of 231 is routt national forest, so land access shouldn't be an issue. If your hunting late in the season, i'd stay lower in elevation, 10k ft at ripple creek is most likely too high for the elk later in the season, especially if it has snowed.
good luck, routt and white river are nice areas, some areas (like trappers lake) south out of 231 have been hit hard by fires in recents years.
I hunt 231 every year actually. Mostly for elk. Last year I got a big 6x6 bull. Just got back from up there yesterday. Got another good size bull but it is just a 5x5. Not bad though because I'm in it for the meat mostly. As far as deer go, I have seen some monster bucks up there. Just not a real fan of the taste of deer from the hills compared to deer from the plains out in the eastern Co plains.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...