This hike is a first class experience available for us hiker junkies on the East Coast. Starting from visitor center on Rt. 16 (be prepared for some road side parking on a nice sunny day, the hiker’s parking lot fills up fast) the trail is wide and steep, and full of fellow hikers. However, by taking the longer, more scenic route via Boots Spur Mt., we left most of the crowds behind. Which of course didn’t mean that the trail was any easier: high stepping, crawling on all four, and negotiating every step up and over boulders five hours later, we reached the intersection with the main ravine trail. The summit was within eyesight, yet still so far. The final half mile required some technical skills in boulder hopping and scrambling. Would not recommend this trail for dogs (even though we met several of them) - falling rocks with sharp edges, no running water, and very steep conditions makes this trail dangerous for any dog. Returning via the main ravine trail took us only about 2 hrs. but in a way it was more brutal than the hike up. Descending the ravine felt like going down a ladder, except there was nothing to hold on to. Overall, definite A++.