Rather than hike back down the Long Trail my wife and I took tis tricky path down to the base and then ran down the gondolier run. Much easier on the knees.
Even through the clouds and rain, it was still a fun hike. Hiked up the ski hill following the gondola and connected to the Cliff Trail from there. Wrote a trip report on it that can be read here: http://www.peakfever.com/hike-info-16.php
I have been down this trail twice after taking the Long Trail to the top of the mountain. It was always a lot of fun scrambling down as fast as I could go.