We set the alarm for 5:30 this morning, ate a quick breakfast and filled a small thermos and headed for the Elkhorn Mountains to take a run at Casey Peak. It's a little over 6 miles to the top and gains nearly 4000' in those 6 miles- it's a grind . Spot forecast was calling for afternoon thunderstorms, so we knew we needed to hit it early and hit it fast. We arrived at the trailhead at 7:00 AM; at 7:01 Tiny Elvis rolled in a bunch of horse shit! They are doing a big thinning project in this area and it's opened the views with it- a first glimpse of Casey Peak (thinning in foreground, peak in the background) The trail follows the East Fork of McClelland Ck up to Casy Meadows and you have to cross it a couple of times- Tiny E likes using a bridge if there is one Making pretty good time and soaking in the views We found some huckleberries, not overly thick, but enough to munch on. TE loves them! We made it to Casey Meadows in an about an hour (3 miles); the real climbing starts now. There is one last little tributary that holds water (and no more the rest of the way), so topped off the 20 oz bottle and filled the 1/2 liter bottle. I've been using a MSR Trailshot lately anywhere that holds a lot of water- lets me carry a lot less weight in water with it. The Elkhorns is one of the most sought after special draws for elk; produces monster bulls and holds a lot of elk. Lots of rough cover, but a fair amount of meadows dispersed in too.