Okay guys, I'm totally taking back my hike in plans for this weekend. I went up today and hiked in on the Hemlock trail then tried to pop up out of the gorge to site 9. Definately not happening. Later I did get up on the North Rim trail for a while and tried to get my bearings but I ran out of time because I wanted to get back out in time to call my safety contact person. I did get in 5 or 6 miles of hiking in some pretty nippy weather. What I got confused on was the bike path on the top of the gorge, wasn't sure if it was part of the North Rim Trail or not. I've got some other maps to consult maybe I can figure it out. In short there are only a couple of places where it's even possible to climb up out of the gorge without gear.
Ive decided to just hike in from the parking lot like I always do and enjoy some group feed and good company. Let's hope for some good ole Ohio winter weather.