The hike was successful and fun. Sabin, Lynn and I made the trek and I took a few pictures. Yes, Sabin and I went the distance to Sky High Lake. It never rained, but it was close to 40o the whole day, with increasing clouds until we left. It looked like rain was coming soon. The trail had several intersections along the way, with weak or no signs. The last 1 1/2 miles up to Gate Lake were really up, including about 1/2 mile of stone stairs put into the trail.
The hike was OK and we thought that it might be done again, but it was not spectacular.