Started at the Museum at 4:30 am with a group from outdoorsclub.org (http://www.outdoorsclub.org/PastTrip/PastTripDetail.asp?id=10407)
Made it the first 8000 ft to the Tram by 9:30 am, took a long break (too long), filled out a permit and started up to the summit. Hit snow at Round Valley, started getting tough, ran into a ranger who said I needed snow shoes (of course, I had none) but I continued on. The last mile was a slog, "post holeing" through the snow. Finally summited shortly after 2:00 pm, took a more direct route back to the tram and caught the tram down. What a hike! The hardest I have ever done. Next hike, Shorty Wells to Telegraph Peak in Death Valley, even more elevation gain!
Went from the Desert Museum to the top of the tram. About a 1/2 mile below the tram, I ran into Cy K. and he showed me the route at the point where you are most likely to stray off route. Then, took off from the tram towards the summit. However, after Long Valley we turned around because we did not have snowshoes and it was apparent from the snow cover that we would have been postholing the rest of the day if we continued to the summit.