Climbed lookers right of the Widow Makers couloir due to it being dried up and that was the only section holding snow. Used axe, spikes and gaiters. Crampons would have been better but I would not have wanted to make the journey with mountaineering boots on, so I do not recommend using crampons, spikes worked just fine. Snow was soft enough around 9ish to boot kick with mid top runners and spikes. Fun route! There were cairns along this route at the top, it hung left under the ridge, so I am not sure if it intersected with the standard route or not, regardless very fun easy class 3 scramble. Took us 2 hours to summit Windom from the peak of Sunlight, we topped out around 10am. Took the standard route down and made it back to camp in the basin around noon. Had a buddy opt on doing the "couloir" with us and climbed the standard West ridge, he said it was fairly snowy and soft around this time. So I guess the same advice for the standard route... gaiters and spikes preferred.
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