Just came back from Lady McDonald Ridge today Oct 22, 2016. Parking was closed for construction so we parked in the next street. Started hike at 6 a.m. There was little snow after helipad but no need to have traction device or crampoin. It was windy at the top. In the way back, saw a couple heading to the ridge for "Love Celebration"
Completed this trail in early summer. The walk to and from the cave does not offer much excitement. We did see some Marmots giving some attitude about mid way to the cave. It is a nice climb to the cave. You need a flashlight to see into the back of the cave.