I left quite early from Mosquito Flat on the Mono Pass trail and avoided the army of fisherman on the way up. From Mono pass I followed a faint trail straight up the side of the mostly crushed gravel, changing to scree then well anchored boulders to the needles just south of the true summit (whoops!). After some correction I was satisfied that I reached the summit.
"So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that's on the worst day of my life."
--Peter Gibbons (Office Space)