I'm going into an area the first and 2nd week of september. I can come in on the creek side at 8800ish feet and hunt up to 11,000 OR I can go up and around on the top of the ridge and hunt down, then climb up at the end of the day. Its 2 to 4 miles from the top to the bottom and I can get an ATV to either, its wilderness in the middle. The majority of the traffic is probably going in from the bottom. I am taking my camp and can spike out to stay with them as needed.
Which would you prefer to do or does it depend on the particular area? Its going to be a lot of up and down either way, but that's where the elk are.