Besides being Disappointed in all of the dog poop along the trail- the trail was a great and there were not many people along the trail- I started up and noon, and was back at my car by 3:30- took a few scenic and drink stops with my dog. I'd definitely do this again!
Great moderately hard hike! Did this a couple days ago(December 26th) so it was a little icy up the rock closer to the summit. If you're good on your feet you shouldn't need yak tracks or anything though. Just a good pair of hiking shoes. Only saw 3 other people on the trail the whole time...benefits of winter hiking. Fantastic views of the foothills and Rocky peaks at the summit!
We went the steeper shorter way up and the meadows way down. I recommend this way if you want the best workout. If you want an easier hike, do the meadows way up and the shorter/steeper trail for the way down. The meadows path also has better views... less tree coverage.