At a "Gate Ahead" sign, find an obscure trail leading to the right and to a serious ascent. Little Chinscraper is what the trail is called; big pain is what it causes. In 0.9 mile, this ridiculously steep rock- and root-strewn connector trail climbs almost 850 feet. So do what most trail runners do here: walk.I can attest to the trail's difficulty, but remember we are hikers, not runners. I cannot imagine someone running up this, but I would not be surprised one day to see some animal of the human variety huffing or puffing his or her way up this... for fun. However, being Seniors, it's perfectly fine for us to pace ourselves. At the top of the trail, we drop down a bit to Gates Overlook and the lovely view you see in the above picture.
By the time we twelve returned to the cars, of course the first thing we asked the two GPS holders was "how far how high"? We covered about eight-and-a-half miles and more than 2,000 elevation gain and loss. It was the second really satisfying hike in a row, and I'll take another next week just like this one, please!