We thought the route would be busy, with a group of 8 Mazamas camped next to us, and several headlamps bobbing around the Hayden Glacier at 3am. We started from camp at treeline (7200') at 5:30am and made the summit at 9:30am. The warming sun pushed the clouds up as we were climbing, and gave us great views the entire way. A little bit of gnarly exposed ice gave us a great rush of excitement on the way down.
The steeper sections from the Col to the Summit along the ridge were a little interesting. Huge variations in snow type/texture made it a little more of a challenge than normal. Not something that really required roping up for because a fall this early in the season would just mean a long slide down some snow at worst, but definitely interesting enough to keep your attention.