We are in a summer pattern now with temperatures approaching 80. That was clear today. In a summer pattern getting there at daybreak is a must and the elk leave the fields very early, today just after 7:30 or so.
So what are the viewing prospects? There are probably 8 different herds that are rotating in and out of Boxley Valley from back fields to the valley fields. Weather is a strong determining factor in how good elk viewing will be. If the weather forecast can be relied on, we will see slowly declining temperatures by the weekend, and then it will turn pretty cold.
Cold weather will bring the elk out in numbers, and with predicted highs in the 50's (46 on Saturday), all day viewing is quite possible. The best viewing will remain at the ends of the day. It virtually always is best then.