I camped on Dude Creek about 3/8 mile off the West fork trail. Climbed this the next morning, hoping to run out to Sundance too but ran out of water and energy....., tagged the uneventful Elk mountain on the way down.
After spending a night under the northern lights, atop Elk Mountain, I quickly made my way to the true summit, rock slide kept me from going down and up the thirds summit (solo and no helmet), I wanted to finish the traverse with Sundance, but that had to wait a week. Climbed Elk Mountain via Dude Lake.
Climbed south ridge from Ship Lake but couldn't traverse large notch to central summit. There is a large rib on the west side that joins the central ridge just south of the notch. The key is a safe down climb of the north side of this rib leading into the notch and I could not find it. Once in the notch, the route back up looks easy though.