This was an awesome trail. It's definately not for a rookie hiker! We left the Visitors Center at 9:30 a.m. and got back around 5:00. Total of 11 miles. Started out on Little Pinnacle Pass, then took the Connector Trail to the Rim of the Gap Trail, and made a complete circle getting back on the Jones Gap Trail. Absolutely spectacular view on Pinnacle Mountain! Twisty turns all along the trails, along with rivers to cross, and ladders and rocks to climb over. Fortunately, the trails were marked very well. Have to say, if you have bad knees, don't take this hike. Down hill was a killer. We were dead tired by the time we got back, but would do it again for sure!
We did see signs of bear on the trails, and would probably feel a little safer carrying some defense, like mace. (just in case).
All in all, I'd definately recommend it. The Visitors Office was very helpful as they told us the best way to go and we purchased a map of the Park before we started. (Although, there is only a small window of when they're open.)
All in all, it was a hike to remember!