Saturday I hit the trailhead at 5:30am. By 5:45 I had spotted 3 elk up high crazing. By 6:15 I had found a pocket of trees in a valley holding 5 mulie bucks.
After watching the deer for a half hour I moved on to the top of the ridge. There I spotted a small her of elk about 2 miles away. I hiked over about a mile and a half to get a closer look. That small herd of elk turned into 2 herds about 20 each. I continued to watch them for the rest of the afternoon. I would say it was a productive scouting trip.