8.5 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •

Started from Climber's Bivouac. Road there is still snow free and the gate was open, but there is some ambiguity about when it's going to close. Some sources say it is closed already, and a sign enroute also says closed. Another party came up from Marble Mountain and felt some anguish when they discovered that they could have saved 1300 ft of gain.

Snow started about a mile and a half up the trail. Was a bit icy in the morning, had to don spikes or crampons soon after getting up on the ridge. Winds died down for a very pleasant summit lunch break. Love sunny days in November!!!