We made this a loop starting at Skybridge. Took Low Gap trail to Rock Garden trail to Natural Bridge to Sheltowee Trace to Sand Gap. I enjoyed the hike very much. The Sheltowee and southern section of Sand Gap are pretty level and uneventful but still nice. The upper two thirds of the Sand Gap were very nice, lots of nice scenery with valley trails looking at rock outcropping and Rodendron's on the southern faces. Lot's of dark hollow's and overgrown vegetation at times which added to the pleasure of the hike. This trail is not crowded and is very quiet. Not very challenging in difficulty but very worthwhile.
Love this location. They have made some recent changes to close one of the trail heads from the main entrance but you can still access the main trails. There are trail options for all endurance levels to enjoy the beauty. East Pinnacle is the main attraction and can be crowded. I was not able to enjoy the full view from the West Pinnacle because it involved some climbing and I was pleased anyway.
If you take the stairs up through Devil's Gulch, it's a fairly strenuous path ending with a bit of a scramble near the summit, but it's completely worth the effort for the stunning views along the trail and makes the end views that much more satisfying.
A friend and I hiked this trail this past weekend and camped over Saturday night. 10/22-23/2016. Leaves are starting to change however next weekend should probably be a better weekend for fall foliage. Loots of woods hiking with 3 streams crossed. Only had one bluff on this hike and no arches; unless we completely missed them. A few huge rock formations and cave structures. Had a bout a mile on a gravel road with traffic and crossed a freeway by bridge road. Like I mentioned not a great trek if looking for a lot of bluff views or rock arches however fairly challenging with a couple difficult challenging. path climbs.
Great trail and the views are terrific. The only downside is that this trail is very popular, so there are usually lots of people. That's not always a bad thing, but if you're looking for a little solitude while hiking, you probably won't find it here. Still, this is a nice hike.