Catchy title Tiny Elvis and I are bacheing it for a couple of days, so decided to give Casey Peak a go. I've been wanting to try out a new (little) shoulder bag from Mystery Ranch, the Big Bop- so thought this would be a good test. As it's so small, it presented challenges- the biggest- the ability to carry water. This is a water rich area, but as you get higher it gets thin to nonexistent. Casey Peak also is fairly remote- 5.5 miles one way in, so I wanted to insure that I still had a decent layer of security for an unexpected night out. More detail on what's in it here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/small-shoulder-bag-haversack-from-mystery-ranch.226156/ I also brought my HPG Snubby kit bag w/ my 637 S&W (loaded with Buffalo Bore hardcast) as there is a healthy population of black bears and lions, not so much for myself, but not the way I want to see Tiny Elvis go! The other challenge was Tiny Elvis, this is a tough hike and the longest for him to date (11 miles and climbs ~ 4000' in those first 5.5 miles), but he's been training regularly and felt him up to the challenge Alarm went off at 5:30, a hearty breakfast for both of, grab our gear and out the door at 6:15. We made it to the trailhead at 6:45 where it was nice 50 degrees (it was 61 in town). Nice shiny new sign at the trailhead The trail follows relatively closely the East Fork of McClellan Ck and crosses it a couple of times- Tiny E knows how to use a bridge We were making pretty good time and took a little breather at the second creek crossing (roughly 2 miles in) It starts to open a little from this point too Looking back down stream you can see the smoke/haze impacting the area of late There was several coyotes on the other side of the creek making a heck of a racket- made Tiny Elvis nervous and he stuck close by until they quit yammering. We made it to the junction of the Montgomery Park trail in just a little over an hour (3 miles in) Saw a small herd of elk on a far ridge, but too far to make out what they were (other than elk) We got to the final watering hole before the long slug up to the peak. I made sure Tiny Elvis drank his share. The shoulder bag only holds a 16 oz Nalgene, so I filled it and put a tab in it. Then I used a Frontier Filter straw and drank as much as I possibly could. The straw has worked for me pretty well in the past, especially when trying to take advantage of hard to get to water. It also weighs next to nothing. It's a steep climb to the Casey Peak cutoff, but it's steeper yet after. You can barely see the peak in this pic (center, top) As we started our climb in earnest, we flushed several blue grouse and their broods. They were feating on grouse berry/whortle berry/dwarf huckleberry. It turns out Tiny E loves them too. He wasn't eating off the bush, but would let me pick a small handful then would scarf them out of my hand; I stopped every so often and gave him a little handful Getting close now. Made it! Just below the peak sits the remains of an old fire lookout. Tiny wasn't going in We took a well deserved lunch- cheese sticks, elk sticks, mojo bar and an apple- Tiny partook in all! Always easier back down When we hit the little watering hole, we hit it hard- icy cold water never tasted so good! We water (and snacked) up a couple of more times on the way down. The temperature had risen quite a bit since we left (it would be 77 degrees when we got back to the trailhead and 85 in town). But wasn't too uncomfortable as there was a fair bit of shade. We ate big lunches when we go home and then took a long nap too I think we'll both sleep well tonight! Thanks for reading.