OK, this TR is the the last straw Dondo! Whenever I read your trip reports on someplace I've been, I always feel like I haven't paid enough attention!
This is a great trip to do after Labor Day. Very few people, at least by the FPL standards. I have run into the Aspen school kid groups heading up to their camp each time. (It's good to be a kid in Aspen!).
Now I have to tell this story. Last year, my buddy John, Buddy (my dog), and I, were going counter clock wise and ran into 2 guys coming down from Maroon Pass as we were going up. And as they approached I could see that one guy had something suspended from his pack and hitting him in the back of his legs. As he got closer I realized it was their tent. In the original box it came in. I wanted to offer some helpful advice but didn't know how to do so without sounding like a jerk. So I just wished them a great trip and walked on.
Also, if you pull up to the entrance and tell them you are backpacking, they are supposed to let you drive up to the TH parking areas. Twice I've had to park in the overflow lot which is about 1/2 mile from the TH but still better than taking the bus where you are at the mercy of the bus schedule. If you don't mention you are backpacking they will tell you to drive back down the hill and take the bus up.