This was a chance to get back into shape and it turned out to be a lot better than expected. A good stretch of old growth followed by a sandy viewpoint half way up finishing with a ridge top view. That sounds like the Salmon Huckleberry Wilderness to me. There was only a patch of snow at the summit, total solitude and only 45 minutes from home.
Feb. 7: Returned to hike the Boulder Ridge Trail to the summit this time. The forest wasn't as good, but I didn't reach the best viewpoint the last trip. Still no one around.