A growth resembling a face clings to a tree on the Little Stiffknee Trail in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness will cross near Tellico Plains Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. The 12-mile hike encompasses the Stiffknee, Slickrock Creek, Big Stack Gap Branch and Fodderstack Trails. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
September's Hike of the Month travels along a 12-mile loop comprised of the Stiffknee, Slickrock Creek, Big Stack Gap Branch and Fodderstack Trails in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness near Tellico Plains, Tenn. This strenuous hike makes eight stream crossings at Slickrock Creek and involves steep ascents and descents along the way.