Trip date: July 26, 2021
Caltopo map here: caltopo.com/m/M3B2
Once in the Spruce Gulch I scrambled up the unnamed rocky ridge towards Fairview Peak. Some parts of this are definitely 5th class and I largely avoided those parts.
There were actually more signs of bears on this ridge than I've ever seen in Boulder County. I bet they miss all the forests they used to have before the Overland Fire (2003). This area would burn again in the Calwood Fire (2020).
This elk antler was comparable in size to the one I'd found in the Cache La Poudre Wilderness (~4 feet long).
From here I moved into "Castle Gulch".
There's actually a ton of old mines in this area. It seems that when a mine goes bust they just leave their trash around.