Low altitude start could make this a hot hike. Check weather before you go.
Very empty trail. Nice compared to trails north of Whitney which tend to be overwhelmed with people. Saw only 3 day hikers and 1 other overnighter.
The trail itself was well maintained. It was better when it separated from the stock route. Nice grade, long winding switchbacks, great views.
The views are much better just below the saddle. The pass itself is very anticlimactic. The pass "sign" is a makeshift post, and the views are less than spectacular. No water at Summit Meadow; its just a wetland without a stream, although beautiful. For water, push on to the horse camp about 1 mile farther. (Makes a lovey place to overnight too!)