I was fairly ill during this hike but managed to summit with my friend Kyle. Probably the most painful hike ever, thank you diarrhea.
Left the TH at 07:40 and reached the summit by 11. Lower trail previous to the "owl hike spot" was extremely monotonous, but once the snow deepened up it became more interesting. Views from the North Ridge are excellent and I'd highly recommend this route.
One of these days I'll have to go back at night and see if there are any owls at the Owl Stop.
Garen and I reached the summit at 4 pm and were rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. There were a lot of marmot burrows on the top but we were being too loud to see one of them pop up. What a long walk...