After Aspen Butte, saw a Pine Marten in the saddle on my way back down.
Had planned to hike in to the basin between Pelican Butte and Mount Carmine to camp overnight and summit both of them in the morning. On my way in, though, bad weather kicked up (thunderstorms and rain), so I dropped my pack at the point where the train drops down into the basin and scrambled up Pelican Butte while keeping an eye on the storm.
It blew off to the side of the butte, so I descended down to the saddle between the butte and Carmine and bushwhacked my way up to its summit before returning to my gear and hiking out to the car by headlamp. A very long dayhike, but great fun. Aspen Butte was clearly the superior of the two view-wise, but there was a really neat (huge!) gendarme on Carmine that was worth the digression in and of itself.
Camped on the ridge leading to Aspen Butte. Woke up early and hiked over to the summit of Mt. Carmine up the southwest ridge.
Hiked the Clover Creek Trail and Mountain Lakes Trail to access Aspen Butte, then dropped north into the basin and hiked up Mount Carmine via its southwest ridge. It was a beautiful autumn day.