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Backpack to Slickrock Creek in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness   Backpacking: Backpack to Slickrock Creek in Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 8 2016  7:30 am >> Sun, Oct 9 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Sep 20 2016 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Oct 6 2016 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Michael Johnson
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



The United States Congress designated the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in 1975 and it now has a total of 17,394 acres. North Carolina contains approximately 13,562 acres. Tennessee contains approximately 3,832 acres. It is managed by the Forest Service. The Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness is bordered by the Citico Creek Wilderness to the west.

From Big Fat Gap, we will hike about 3 miles, loosing 1000' in the first 1.5 miles so it's relatively steep in places, down to Slickrock creek. We will make a couple of river crossings, before we get to camp near Wildcat Falls. I recommend having water shoes for these two crossings, and for possible ventures along and across Slickrock creek after setting up camp.

After we eat lunch, set up camp, and collect some firewood, you're free to do whatever you want in this beautiful valley. If you can handle cold water, you can swim, or sunbath on the rocks, hike along Slickrock Creek or just hang out around camp. If you're not experienced in navigation, you don't want to venture too far, since this is a remote wilderness, and many trails are not well marked, especially near the river, where you'll have many fisherman trails, that can easily lead you off the main trails.

On Sunday, we should break camp after a late breakfast and be on the trail by 11am. The weather could force us to leave a little earlier, but we'll discuss that on Saturday night. I love the mornings in the mountains, so it would have to be bad weather, like fog or rain to push us out earlier.


NOTE: We will allow a maximum of two well behaved dogs on this trip. See additional notes below.


Required Items to Bring:

Tent, Sleeping Bag, Sleeping Pad, Appropriate clothing, rain gear, headlamp, cooking utensils, food & water from Sat. lunch to Mondays breakfast.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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camera, hat, daypack/fanny pack, water filter, campfire beverages, fire starter, first aid kit

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $128.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


There is a limit of two dogs on this trip. They must be well trained and get along with both people and other dogs. Please contact Michael J. if you plan to bring a dog.

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