We had a 3-day weekend; our plan was to climb Elephant from here the second day, then hike out the third. The first night, the temperature dropped to -20 F (-29 C). Most of the guys slept with their heads deep inside their bags, dampening the down and making the bags colder. We didn't stick around to find out about the second night.
On Winter ascents, follow the trail as far as 4,400 feet. At that point the trail leaves the ridge crest and heads E into the Sourdough Creek valley. Avalanches in that gully have gone so far as to destroy cabins on the shore of Diablo Lake. From 4,400 feet, go straight up the ridge crest.
Photo taken December 30, 1978.