We thought the route would be busy, with a group of 8 Mazamas camped next to us, and several headlamps bobbing around the Hayden Glacier at 3am. We started from camp at treeline (7200') at 5:30am and made the summit at 9:30am. The warming sun pushed the clouds up as we were climbing, and gave us great views the entire way. A little bit of gnarly exposed ice gave us a great rush of excitement on the way down.
Socked in, no one else on route. Easy and straightforward. Soloed.
The steeper sections from the Col to the Summit along the ridge were a little interesting. Huge variations in snow type/texture made it a little more of a challenge than normal. Not something that really required roping up for because a fall this early in the season would just mean a long slide down some snow at worst, but definitely interesting enough to keep your attention.
Despite having to pound pickets, the conditions were excellent for this climb.