Thanks Finn, really appreciate the info. I've always been intrigued by that part of the STS between Cross Fork and Prouty. Do you happen to know about how many miles that is? Did you do it in a day or stop overnight? What was it you particularly liked about that section of the trail? Sorry, I guess I'm full of questions right now.
If someone hikes from Cross Frok to Prouty they are really moving. I'd say plan on two days. I'd guess the attraction to that section would just be the solitude and remoteness of going through the Hammersly. I never hiked the entire Hammersly in the daylight, did it at night one time looking for a lost hunter though.
Little Bear ,as I recall it was an overnight trek . Parked the car at Crossfork and stayed in the hotel on the corner .Left in the morning on the trail and camped in Hammersley . The plan was to meet my brother in Prouty on the third day. Late afternoon of the second day passed through Conrad and up over the mountain to Prouty a day early and tired as can be. Very warm and buggy . Entering the park finding that it was empty of visitors .At that time there were picnic tables and fire rings . Also a bathroom . Now it is just a meadow with no tables or rings ,or bathroom. Anyway , I dropped my pack and sprawled out on top of a shaded picnic table before setting up to camp for the night and await brothers' arrival the following day . A gentle breeze about put me to sleep when I heard a vehicle approach from the opposite entrance. My brother was also a day early ! He had a cooler of ice cold Cokes,some bologna and cheese . Joy and a renewed vigor in my step. Awoke the next morning to the sound of thunderous gobble from the adjoining hills ! Great memories for sure . I believe the mileage for that was about 20 miles . Very nice trail in May .