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Pretty hard hike, but so worth it! It was much fun!

Loved this trail! The beginning is pretty steep, but definitely manageable. When you get toward the top its gets a bit difficult. My boyfriend and I brought our puppy, so he couldn’t walk the whole way up. Luckily he is only 3 lbs. so we could pass him back and forth and catapulted him down between the rocks. Definitely would not take a dog alone, but its possible with two people who are comfortable handling the dog. The view was incredible!

It’s such a beautiful view

Great trail, nice way to catch both the Indian Staircase and Cloud Splitter in a single loop. As some other reviews mention, the route currently posted (as of 8/4/18) does not actually take you up to Cloud Splitter. So definitely take a look at some of the recordings because you do not want to miss that.

Drastic Incline but worth the views.

Short trail to get to the Cloud Splitter but it was an aggressive incline. The rock scramble at the top was fun and reminded me of climbing Yosemite sub dome. View was great. Some stupid hikers left a smoldering camp fire at the top.

Amazing hike. Like some have said this recording doesn’t take you to where you would climb the cloud splitter trail, you need to veer off for this one. I used the other recording for cloudsplitter shortcut to make sure I was on the right path. The climb was awesome, there was a thin rope of paracord that went halfway down the steep part but I was hesitant to use it to support all my weight. View at the top of cloudsplitter was the best of this hike and maybe even all of the gorge.

Great hike with awesome views. We missed the first turn and added about 2 mikes to our hike, but still worth it.

Best and favorite hike and backpacking place, although there isnt a bad hike in the area.

Amazing trail. Name may be misleading for those who actually want to climb Cloudsplitter and see the slot canyon. The regular map is great...and I forgot to record...but basically, where the map has you go left down to 715 to walk back to the trailhead—don’t do that unless you DONT want to try and see the slot canyon! Instead continue on the white dotted trail past the giant triangular rock on your left. Watch for an unmarked trail on your right, not too far after. It’s a slight open area that has what looks like two washed out creeks.

I liked this trail. Be warned we did see a rattlesnake and a copper head swimming in the pool of water where the big rock is. It’s a long trail and we didn’t get a chance to finish it. But the bridge was neat. Didn’t get to see a lot of birds, just heard them.

Beautiful view at the top. Easy trail to follow. At the end there is scrambling, not very difficult to do. We brought our dog (35 lbs), so the hardest part was figuring out how to get her up. We had to pass her several times because she couldn’t get a good footing on just the rock face, though there were many places that had tree roots and dirt that she could stand on securely. Basically, if you bring a dog you need two people who are comfortable holding the dog while scrambling.

I would rate the hike as moderate, not hard. It was short and quick. There are trees to set up a hammock at the top, too.

(If you’re interested in an even better view then do Indian Staircase. But don’t bring a dog, the trail is hard to follow and there’s more and harder scrambling)

I've spent a lot of time in the Gorge and this may be my new favorite place. I visited for the first time yesterday. There's no longer a rope for the final ascent to the top but I was able to scale the last section following the split in the rock below the cedar where the rope use to be. I wouldn't recommend attempting it on a wet day, but then again I wouldn't recommend being on top of cloud splitter on a wet day. Here's a link that gives some great perspective of cloud splitter and what makes it unique, the 360 degree views it gives of the gorge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqvCvMHpKIg

Climbing the staircase was a challenge but well worth it! The views at the top are amazing!

This was our first time to the area. Trail was great in the beginning, loved the suspension bridge, but then it got confusing and we got lost. We happened upon one sign that the top had been knocked off, not sure what was on it. I’ll be sending in the picture in and hopefully they’ll get it fixed. On another sign, the words for the trail were barely legible. Somehow we ended up on the rough trail and had been walking five hours before we walked out, thankfully with the help of a couple of hikers who have been there before and who knew the area.

finally made it to the cloudsplitter, and dang! it was brilliant. Don't let other reviews fool you, the trail and rock scrambling up may be strenuous, but it is definitely achievable and well worth reaching the top. there was a lot of traffic coming out of the cave right below the peak, so we bypassed seeing what was in and on the other side, but our next trip we will be going through it.

Great views atop.

backpacking
4 months ago

very nice trail.

backpacking
8 months ago

You can't go wrong in RRG!

backpacking
9 months ago

Loved it

Good for some light climbing. Great cave/lookout. Great view from the top!

backpacking
10 months ago

Really great overnight trip! Their are tons of camping spots on top of Indian staircase and several through the entire trail. The different arches, the staircase, and cloudsplitter were absolutely beautiful. Trail conditions were great. I would recommend this weekend trip to anyone just looking for a small getaway!

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.

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.

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.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

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!

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

great trail! near the beginning you will come across "Jump Rock" which is a giant rock to jump off into the rock quarried river. Great place to swim on a hot summer day.

hiking
Monday, May 16, 2016

Trail had a few trees down but overall a great trail! Now get out there in nature!

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