I went on this hike the Friday after Hurricane Sandy with my boyfriend. We had been worried that there would be snow and lots of trees down on the trail but decided to give it a try anyway. There were rangers clearing the fallen trees and the storm debris and there wasn't much snow at all. A plus side of hiking so shortly after the snow was that there were barely any other people there! The actual hike way exceeded my expectations.
We hiked counterclock-wise and did the rock scramble going uphill. I would definitely not recommend saving that part for the way down the mountain-it doesn't seem too safe in that direction and is much easier to climb up. It took about 2.5 hours to get to the summit with stops for pictures. Definitely pack a lunch and have a picnic at the top for an awesome view. (Unfortunately it was super windy when we were there so we had to cut the picnic short). The way down was pretty easy and we were back at the car park in around 2 hours- more than enough time to drive down Skyline Drive!