We were shocked after parking the car at the end of the gravel to only have to march about 300 yards or less around a bend to reach the trailhead. On return the next day, we could have made it another 100 feet or so. I would say the trail is 98% covered still. The first mile has a few bare spots, but that's about it.
We took the Colchuck Glacier route. I wore my helmet after listening to all kinds of stuff come off of Dragontail the evening prior. Turns out it really wasn't necessary, but it was hard to tell where the debris path was in the col.
It was an amazing climb with a beautiful approach.
Yes, the route is very straight forward. There are parts that are steep, but only one section that could really be painful if you fell due to large exposed rocks below. It was on the south side about 100 yards or so up above the top of the col. Unfortunately this portion did have hard snow and it was tough to get a step kicked. I would say that this section was about 75 yard or so in length before the snow softened and the slope was more or less clear of exposed rock or at least provided ample opportunity to self arrest in the event of a fall.