Trail in neglected condition. Ended up being an 14 mile hike including a couple of wrong turns, otherwise it would have been 12 miles roundtrip. Lots of wildlife, observed a bear at roughly 20 feet, 40-50 elk also pretty close up, and gaggles of blue grouse.
Left the TH at 4am and was standing on the summit of Granite Butte before 7am. Climbed China Cap earlier in the year when the trail was covered with 5' of snow, it was nice to cruise on an open trail past China Cap and over to Granite Butte. Watched a beautiful sunrise from the top.