last year march 18 (because of lack of snow, we went early)
I did the left gully and the chute because it was my first time, and the headwall and icefalls had very dangerous ice falls, so the ski patrol wasn't even letting people go on the lunch rocks
it took 2 1/2 hours to get to hojo's (I could have done it in less, but I was with my dad, so I had to wait for him for about a 1/2 hour. The hike to the ravine takes about 20-30 min depending on conditions and crowds
I just went in my winter hiking boots, saga pants, osprey skiing back pack. I didn't skin up. If you arn't gonna skin, definitally bring cramp ons. I just changed into my booters when I got up there, and hiking up in those.
For me, my first time was when I was 12 or 13, it really wasn't as hard as I thought. Even thought I did some of the easier ones, it really wasn't bad at all.
Good luck man!