Oct 9, 2014:
Update on Neverlands Loop trail. Fully marked and cleared, it splits about 5 minutes before Neverland Lake. Considerably more rough than (official) Al's trail, it heads steeply up and reaches junction marked with arrows beneath huge cliff. Rope is attached here for assistance:
Sign claims 1/2 hr right for the falls, 1/2 hr left for loopback to Al's trail, but this is quite inaccurate. Neverland Falls are reached in mere 10 minutes along mostly horizontal trail heading under the cliffs to pretty cirque that hosts pool filled by the falls. Merely a trickle now; probably much different in the spring:
This is the end of official trail. It is possible to scramble a bit further to upper falls. If you look carefully on picture above, there is flag in upper right corner. Up and across boulder field, then turn left and ascend to higher cirque that is semi-open and has more light:
No signs of further traffic. Return back to junction, then loopback to Al's trail. This will take about 40 minutes. Heads north for quite some time under that same big cliff, then turns sharp left and exits to wide-open bluff with pretty darn good views of Howe Sound and Tantalus; fall colors on full display:
Couple of ropes here assist down moderately angled bluff, then exit back to Al's trail at Robins Junction. This will be new upper Al's Habrich ridge trail; they are clearing and marking it right now. Here's the map stapled on tree at the junction (as well as trailhead near the Gondola):
It appears it will join the steep trail I described at top of this report during my initial visit somewhere past western sub-summit. I followed this trail for a bit, and it is quite nice (flags and markers) and cleared. Not steep at all, with good views of Diamond Head and Squamish River Valley. Might head to explore if there is another nice day before my season pass expires.
I also saw signs of several other trails in making. I am quite certain with time entire western part of Habrich ridge will be criss-crossed with variety of official gondola trails; they heavily advertise Habrich ridge as their flagship hiking destination. Oh, and fall colors are on full display - Neverland Lake looked amazing
Still lots of blueberries as well. Neverland loop is fantastic extension to current terminus of Al's Habrich ridge trail at Neverland Lake; my suggestion to all you wanderungs, NSH B hikers etc is to check it out - it is more than worth. About 4-5 hrs return time from gondola.