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.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...