First post, so just found this forum and started browsing, but couldn't find any info that I was looking for. I am planning to make an elk hunt during the 2nd rifle season in Colorado. I was originally planning to hunt gmu 54, but dropped the ball and didn't realize the OTC tags have a cap on them for that unit. I was thinking gmu 53 is just west of it so I figured I would start focusing on it. I plan on doing a backpack hunit in for a week or so, was supposed to be a buddy going, but he won't commit yet so it may turn into a solo trip. I was looking at going into the west elk wilderness from Panoia by way of 709 and parking at the coal creek trail head. Then heading south a few miles for a spike camp. Is anyone familiar with this area as far a ruggedness and elk numbers? How is the 709 access rd in mid October?