The gorge is getting a big influx of tourists now that it is summer. The lower trails are clogged with people. Many of them just want to tick off something on their vacation list. They aren't used to hiking and they aren't wearing shoes that are easy to hike in. And they don't look like they are having fun. We get a lot of "are we nearly at the top?" The answer to that is a resounding "NO".
It's a pretty special place but you do have to get past a set of switchbacks first. These pictures are all after the 13 or so switchbacks.
You can click on the photos to get a better look at them.