Cloud Splitter Short Cut Tail

HARD 18 reviews

Cloud Splitter Short Cut Tail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Campton, Kentucky that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
416 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

cave

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

scramble

This is a 1.4 mile out and back route described in Jerrel Goodpastor's Awesome Book The Hinterlands.

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11 days ago

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1 month ago

Hard to find and difficult but well worth it! Practice safety first as this can be a dangerous trail- nor recommended in rain or snow. 10 out of 10 in views.

hiking
1 month ago

Once you find a spot to park and locate the unmarked trail you head straight up the mountain for about a mile, the rest of the way requires rock scrambling/climbing - there is usually a rope anchored to a tree to help aid the rock scramble and to repel down from but don't rely on the rope! use your best judgement and check it out thoroughly before trusting your life to it. Once you make it to the top of cloudsplitter, the best part is through the narrow crack through it, climb to the beginning of it and make your way through it (also requires some scrambling up/around walls), what awaits on the other side is the best view in the gorge, imo.

1 month ago

If you use the gps coordinates given in alltrails, you will need to walk along the road for maybe 1/8-1/4 of a mile before coming to the trail head on the other side of the road. be prepared to go straight up for a bit, when you come to the split, go left. when you come to the second split (small grove of trees), go right and be prepared for more straight up and rock scrambling. You will then get to the small climb with a red rope to help you climb up. Soooo worth it! Definitely wouldn't try if its rainy or any winter weather.

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2 months ago

Cloudsplitter easily offers some of the best views in the Gorge. We got to Cloud Splitter from the Indian Staircase via the Sheltowee Trace trail. It is a pretty steep and strenuous climb to reach the top and includes some rock scrambling, so be prepared. The top is perfect for camping/hammocking or eating a snack and enjoying the views. We will definitely be returning!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

This is a short steep trail from the trailhead on Route 715. The if it has been dry for a day the trail seemed very safe. I would not try it when wet or icy! Many scrambles but nothing my 270 pound 6'0" frame had trouble with. The crack which leads to the Arch at the Cliff is awesome but somewhat challenging. The rock obstacle you come to is a bit hard but if the tree ladder is in place it is not bad at all. I got through the following hole just fine and proceeded into the cave. The view from the ledge of the arch is breathtaking. The only problem I had was getting back over the rock in the crack. The tree ladder was gone and my daughter couldn't lift or push me. After about 5 minutes of trying I finally got up by using some very old chimney climbing skills. We left the crack and hung to the right which gave a easy route to the top of Cloud Splitter. Nothing like it anywhere. The view is breathtaking. Total round trip was 1,4 miles total as we were able to park very close to the trail head. The ranger said as long as all four tires are off the road you can park on any of the number of pull offs in the park.

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