There was still enough light to see without flashlights as we started. By the time we reached the open slickrock where you have to look for cairns that mark the trail, it was dark. We did fine and soon came upon the couple from western NY. They were going down slowly with the man using his tripod as a cane. We slowed our pace to add our flashlights to the group for easier going. We stuck with them down off the rocks.
As the four of us rested for a moment, the moon broke from behind the clouds and you could see the trail as plain as day. We returned to the car and got back to the Rustic Inn at about 9PM. Had a gin & tonic and slept well on some very comfy pillows