We took this drive twice in the past few weeks. First time was memorial weekend. We were looking for a camping spot and boy, was it crowded. The road to Stoneman lake as well as the road leading up to Hutch mountain was covered with campers. When we went back a few weeks later (June 5) there we're a few people camping but probably not even half as before. The drive itself is easy. We were able to get up the road towing our pop-up. We set up camp right on the mountain and hiked up to the lookout. The road to the lookout is closed, but you can park and hike up there. The actual tower is also closed but you can still climb up the steps.