Spotting scope. Its almost essential. Overall its pretty open country. Even in the upper elevations the timber is in patches. It would pay very big dividends if you could make it up and scout. Even if it was just for a weekend so you can get a feel for the area and narrow it down to a couple areas. There are alot of roads in the area but hunter numbers are limited by the draws.
I am going to go up in the late summer and scout for a few days. I also have some friends that live in that area and they are going to help us out if we draw. I got a spotter and I can't wait to use it.
54 used to be a great unit. I think lions got out of hand for a while in there, but it seems the deer are slowly coming back. There is tons and tons of country in this unit. Not terribly steep either, my family has killed some very very nice bucks out of this country. We also see alot of nice one. Put your time in, and it could be a good hunt for ya.