Porter's Gap to Clairmont Gap

HARD 6 reviews

Porter's Gap to Clairmont Gap is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chandler Springs, Alabama that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Hike was great. A challenging stride. Packed my 2.5 y/o son in the Osprey pack and bare minimum supplies. I am one to move along a trail quickly with a lot of weight (kid is big and heavy 35lb'er) and I found the elevation gains and losses perfect for my paces. The climbs are tall but long and the descents are a tad steeper but manageable and nonetheless perfect for my stride. Breaks were short and productive.

We missed a rolling locomotive (which he loves) by just a few hundred yards at the first trail crossing of Skyline Rd but he still enjoyed footing the crossing. I was really moving quickly here to get him there in time to see the train but it just didn't happen.

Started at 1:30pm Went 5.7 miles to the third trail crossing of Skyline/Skyway (CR-600-2) road and arrived at 4:50pm. Made the decision to retreat back to car for risk of duskfall. Made use of Skyline to save time (it was entirely downhill for 1.8 miles) and made contact with a friend who picked me up back at the first trail crossing of Skyline. He drove me the remaining 2+ miles back to my car at the trailhead (6:30pm). Kid fell asleep in the pack for the last 20 minutes prior to rendezvous with friend.

Other than the first summit and then merge to pavement there really wasn't much to look at on this leg. Just some good old fashion distance (which is perfectly fine for me!).

hiking
3 months ago

Purposely kept it short today (working on my pup's stamina), but it was absolutely lovely. Serene. Good for the spirit.

5 months ago

Well maintained section of trail. Peaceful, challenging, but not too tough. Retry views.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016