I'm thinking about hiking the Tuck's Ravine trail from Pinkhams to the summit next sunday. I've never hiked Mt. Washington before, and I have three questions:

1) Is it generally a bad idea to be doing this this time of the year?
2) Can I get away with just hiking boots and poles or is there enough snow/ice to where we're talking crampons?
3) I know we're supposed to layer, but pants seem tricky to me given the fact that the base is ~60F and the summit is ~30F. Should I wear running pants w/ long underwear, shorts to start and bring snow pants, or just snowpants the whole time?