In the last month I was able to do a good section of the crest line. The northern section with Dave Fulton in August and the southern section with Carlos Buhler yesterday.
Dave and I did a majority of the route highlighted in the TR above. Carlos and I went from Peak 7374 above Beehive lake then south to Chimney rock and down to the Pack River road.
Over the years I have now done the traverse from Gunsight to Harrison Peak in four sections...two long ones and two shorter ones, but generally to get to new climbs not intentionally as a traverse by itself. The hikes this year were the result of Dave and Joe talking me into it and Spotly's obvious tease and great pictures here
...not sure how I feel about all that yet or who I want to "thank" or better yet how
In '68 the majority of the Selkirk Crest and all the Pack River drainage was burnt to the duff in the huge Sundace fire. Until the mid '80s there was little brush or bush wacking to deal with any where in that drainages off the crest. Sadly not the story today, 30 years later. Think of hours in 10' high slide alders where there is no trail to get just a few klicks. Miserable POS, that is. That and the current lack of road and trail maintance in the area makes the traverse a real project getting on and off the ridge line. Having a difficult time even finding let alone coming down a trail that Dave and I once took an entire TV production crew up pointed that sad fact out.
I have always thought you could go from Roothan to Harrison Lake in a day, going north. Steve Jeffries and I had done it to Silver Dollar before in an "easy" day in and out when doing the FA of the WF of Silver Dollar. There is technical climbing in two places on the crest. The "fin" noted above in the original TR. And on Silver Dollar where you would need a rap route down the N or NW ridge if you were going south to north.
Or you could reverse it with a rap on the "fin" and climb either the N ridge (harder and longer than the NW ridge) or NW ridge (mid 5th class up high) has some easy 5th class up high on the NW ridge. It will add a LOT (time and gear) for most teams on the traverse if have to slow down and use a rope.
There is also a walk around option traversing the nw ridge and north face to get back on the ridge crest north of Silver Dollar.
Easier to find going south than going north.
Joe/PU, Dave/Fultonville, Carlos and I can all attest to good sticky approach shoes on the ridge crest (I tired my trail runners 1st time out which was bad idea), rock shoes are a good idea to have in the pack, LONG pants, and a good pair of work gloves for the brush if you aren't going in via the west side road on Roothan and out Harrison lake. Brush and the chance of night fall might make topo maps and a GPS real handy as well. Bring enough water for the day as there in none on the crest, and once on it, you don't want to drop off it until you are done.
Good day in the mountains no matter how little or much you do of the crest line. But not sure I can suggest it as a classic....approaches and decents can be long and shhiiiiiiiitttttyyyyyyy for what you get on the crest.
As the crow flies you are looking at something like 5 may be 6 miles. On the ground I bet it is closer to 20 from Roothan to Harrison lake. Beehive to Chimney is barely 3 miles as the crow flies.
It is easy to spend a long day out on the crest. There is still a chance to get on this for another couple of weeks before the snow flies. Elk are in the rut, bugles are common and it was 36 degrees on the Pack river this morning at the Beehive trail head. Have fun!
Carlos, his second day on the crest (east ridge of Harrison to e face Chimney rock), some where along the traverse after Silver Dollar looking south to Chimney and Roothan in the distance.
For scale....majority of the crest running left to right going south from the base of the NW ridge of Silver Dollar.
Looking north from the summit of N. Twin (I think) along the crest to Harrison Peak center right in the distance.