Up the A route, still significant snow in places. Took the B route down, snow cover for over 3000' of descent. Came out in the dark through the dreaded willows.
Yup, pretty much what Jim said below. We climbed a few days after a storm which left a couple inches of snow in spots. The aspens changing color down low were really nice.
The road is definitely HC for the last 3 plus miles, plenty of boulders and erosion to get your attention. The road is closed well before what used to be the 2WD parking spot in the DPS guide. I camped at 8070' in a nice spot by the stream (the one higher camp spot was already taken). I hit the east ridge at 10.960' up a steep drainage which had (mostly) good footing. Initially the east ridge was gentle and very pleasant. However, from 12000 to 13000 it was a bouldery mess requiring one to pay attention to which were stable, and which would just as soon fall on you. The summit plateau was surreal, as it was the flattest and largest mountain top I'd ever been on. I heard coyotes near the summit! The last signature was two months old. I took the B route down, which went well until somewhere below 11000'. The map showed a straight line, which might look good on paper, but would take you through a side hilling, bushwhacking nightmare. Good sense prevailed and I found an alternate descent through this area. Another reason to not take one's beta too seriously and pay attention to the terrain.
Up DPS A (sort of). We looped up over the other two 13530+ peaklets, and down the ridge NE of the Jumpoff. Take Bob Burd's route off Jumpoff if you want descend that way-- we stayed on ridge and entered mountain mahogany Hell, then stream-crossing-thorny-plant Hell. Much nicer than I expected -- the snow added a lot -- and tougher than I expected.
The DPS "2wd" road to TH at 8300' (in Middle Creek Canyon) is very rough for the last 3.3 miles to campsite by stream. I got my soob (7.3" clearance) up there without bottoming out, but only by extremely careful wheel placement and driving very slowly in ~15 places. Use an HC vehicle.
CTC in 8:35 from the west (see Larry Tidball's link). This was a grunt going up and a toe jammer on the return. Interesting area particulary up top.
Penelope May and I hiked the peak from the NE in a very deep snow on May 14, 2005. On our way down we decided to take a shortcut that Penelope remembered from years ago, but we ended up benighted in one of the steep canyons. Had a fire and a wonderful bivi, even slept a bit. The view of the northern Sierra from the summit of Dubois is really nice.
I didn't think it was that bad although I was sore from the postholing adventure the day before. The first couple of 1000' to the ridge top took us an hour. After that, I was just an anchor on Matthew and Glenn. Boring top although the views were great.
I thought the outing mediocre, but not as bad as Mike (below) thought. Trip Report
Big slog from middle creek. Could be one of the worst outings I've ever had.
In 9 hours from Middle Creek with Daryn. A little snow and a lot of wind. Great views of the Sierras and the desert. See my pix at