Drove my "hot-rod"Lincoln to the steepest part of the road in the snow. Got stuck, slept the night in the car, at 10:25am, departed for the summit. I was about 1 1/2 miles below the campground where I started. The winds where howling. Once past Bennett Peak, the wind was blowing around 50 mph. with major snow driffs. Going was slow because I needed snow shoes. Once on the backside of the peak the wind was calmer. I new it would be bad on top when I could see the clouds go by in a matter of seconds. On top, I sign the registered as quickly as I could without getting frostbittern. I descended the same way mostly running to stay warm. Made it back to the Lincoln at 4pm. Two hours later I was able to pull my car out.
Left just before 6 AM on the trail, only to see our summit shrowded in a growing clouds, as we moved upwards. We pushed on and summitted through very high winds along the ridge lines. No view, but we imagined what it would be like. On the way back down the snow came quick and hard - 6 - 10 inches in an hour, with drifting on the trails. Road from the kilns to the campground are pretty bad. We made it in a 2 wheel drive car, but in retrospect, like the park rangers - recommend a 4x4 high clearance.