Trail was clear except for some snow patches near the road. It was a lot better than hiking Barr Trail since I didn't have hundreds of trail runners and tourists to contend with. It also has great views after you get past the treeline.
I'd like to try this route when the road is closed Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2008
I had a really fun time on this hike, even though the wind was pretty wicked after getting up to the road crossing. I found the road super obnoxious. I think that some EF! action is warranted to get this road, ummmm, "closed"... let tourists take the cog RR and cut off the steady stream of SUVs that detracts from the experience of this mountain. I guess next time I'll try a different route. Lovely hike, though, and a great view!