I hiked Leadmine back when the daffodils were blooming, but not with Jerry's group. I like the trail, and it's really a necessary route to avoid the private property. The southern most gully is pretty steep on one side and can be slick.
The other two are easily navigated.
Going south on the Linville Gorge Trail, look for a small sign just before you get to the cliffs. That's it. You'll turn west in a flat and then climb steeply for a couple or 3 hundred feet onto Sharp Ridge. Cross the ridge, and there are switchbacks down the other side. Then just continue south till you reach the MST at the saddle.
Jim de Friess surveyed the MST from Table Rock to Pinnacle Friday and Today. There are some logs to step over, and he mentioned having to crawl under one. The trail is narrow in places due to brush encroaching, but he clipped with shears as he traveled. Should be a bit easier to follow now. The group that maintains the MST has some work to do though.
Hope that helps,