Thar are wild horses in them there hills. A whole herd of ’em.
The Mustang hills are a low profile destination with some huge views up top of Forgetmenot Ridge and the big peaks of the Elbow (Cornwall, Banded, etc.). They definitely lived up to their name on this trip as we encountered a herd of the wild Mustangs in the meadows below the east summit.
Definitely worth the trip for its solitude, tranquil foothill summits, a beautiful look down the Quirk Creek Valley and north towards Powderface Ridge. And of course the view west which may be the best view of the Elbow front ranges that I’ve ever seen.
We did the loop counterclockwise which lead to some tedious route finding difficulties when looking for the ridge up from the Elbow floodplain. Definitely a clockwise hike unless your up to the challenge.