Our little group crushed it today... 2hrs up to cairn and about 1.5hrs down, no views to speak of... but loads of people... a group of 50!! and many smaller groups... who takes a group of 50 to a mountain trail... ruins it for everyone else imho.
Core Stats... 13km, 3hr 30min moving time, 991m cumulative.
Trail is in great shape up on the ridge... just before you come out of the forest the trail is pretty heavily braided and a little muddy still... but not too slick.
Best time to do Elk, Thurston or even Flora (further down the valley) is mid to late August when there is a full blanket of wildflowers covering the entire ridge. I have a couple galleries from past years if you check the link below.
My Flickr Albums
BC Peaks & Trails Hiking Group
Have fun and stay safe!