Hikers will leave the Stiffknee Trail at this junction with the Slickrock Creek trail by crossing over Little Slickrock Creek in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness will cross near Tellico Plains Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. At this point hikers traveling the loop in a clockwise fashion will have traveled 3.4 miles from the Farr Gap parking area. (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.