Q: how is this trail first week of june? Planning a trip want to be prepared :) Ema -emaqponies
A: They have hard open date of July 1st to go all the way to the top. The forest service doesn't open the last gate until then. You can usually get to the top of Hazard though.
Q: Would it be too hot to do this trip mid-August? -1kayaker
A: I did it in mid-July and survived, but it was close to 100 degrees when I reached the river. Travel cautiously, wear sunscreen, and pack a lot of water.