Descend via the climbing route. It is essential that climbers know how to descend the mountain in poor weather. A frequent mistake is to follow the fall line which will lead the climber to the cliffs of Zigzag canyon. If caught in poor weather descend from the summit along the Hogsback to the left of Crater Rock, and then follow the magnetic south bearing which should take the climber near the top of the Palmer lift.
Slow groups do not pose the only problem at the Pearly Gates. Quite often there will be dangerously ill-prepared climbers, no ice-ax, no crampons going either way on this path and they are at an extremely high risk of slipping and falling, likely right into you or your group. Here is one of these geniuses I speak of.