Trails in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness trailhead, see the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Trailhead page.

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Big Fat Trail

More Difficult
  • Yes, that really is this trail's name. The Big Fat Trail starts at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead, reached by a nine mile drive on the FS 62 (Big Fat Gap Road), accessed from US 129 north of the Robbinsville area. This road is gated and closed to the...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

Deep Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • The Deep Creek Trail is an interior trail and has no trailheads. It starts at mile 1.0 of the Haoe Lead Trail from the trailhead near the Maple Springs Observation Point. From that point, the trail continues slightly downhill or level for...
  • 4.0mi, Climbs Steeply,

Deep Creek Connector Trail

  • mi, ,

Hangover Alternate Trail

  • The Hangover Lead Alternate Trail offers access to the Hangover, a rocky point with a 360 degree view of the surrounding mountains. Starting at a junction with the Hangover Lead “South” Trail on the ridge, this trail goes north, passing through ...
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Hangover Lead Trail

More Difficult
  • Hangover Lead Trail is often described in "North" and "South" sections, as the trailhead is in the middle of this interior trail. The Big Fat Gap Trailhead is at the end of the 7 mile long Forest Service Road #62. This road starts across a bridge...
  • 5.6mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough

Haoe Lead Trail

Most Difficult
  • The Haoe Lead Trail is an important trail in the southern portion of the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness, providing connections to six other trails in the area. The portion along the Stratton to Haoe Ridge are moderately used and easy to follow,...
  • 6.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Ike Branch Trail

More Difficult
  • The Ike Branch Trail is an interior trail with no trailheads. It starts as a junction on the Slickrock Creek Trail approximately 0.5 miles from the Slickrock trailhead, and climbs very steeply for 0.9 miles to the top of the ridge, which marks the...
  • 2.2mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Jenkins Meadow Trail

  • The Jenkins Meadow Trail starts on the entrance road to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest and climbs to a junction with the Haoe Lead Trail. Approximately 1/2 mile from the trailhead is a junction with a connector trail leading to the Naked Ground...
  • 3.3mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles

Naked Ground Trail

More Difficult
  • The Naked Ground Trail is an interior trail with a 2,500 foot elevation gain, most often accessed from the parking area at the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Follow the right hand portion of the Memorial Loop Trail for approximately 0.5 mile to the...
  • 4.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Nichols Cove Trail

  • The Nichols Cove Trail is an interior trail and has no trailheads. The trail starts on the northern end at Mile 4.5 of the Slickrock Creek Trail. From that point, the Nichols Cove Trail is a very wet trail through rhododendron growth for...
  • 2.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Slickrock Creek Trail

Most Difficult
  • The Slickrock Creek Trail is the longest single trail in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness area. Starting at an elevation of 1160 feet at the Slickrock Trailhead and reaching 4860 feet at the Naked Ground termination, this trail has at least 12...
  • 13.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Stratton Bald Trail

Most Difficult
  • The Stratton Bald Trail starts at the Rattler Ford Bridge on State Road 1127 near the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and gains more than 3,000 feet in elevation over Stratton Bald to its junction with the Stratton Bald Alternate Trail (TR54A). From...
  • 7.8mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough

Windy Gap Trail

  • The Windy Gap Trail starts at the Big Fat Gap Trailhead, reached by a nine mile drive on the FS 62 Big Fat Gap Road, accessed from US Route 129 north of the Robbinsville area. This road is gated, and closed to the public from January 1 through April...
  • 1.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Wolf Laurel Trail

  • The Wolf Laurel Trail leads from the Wolf Laurel trailhead to the Stratton Bald Trail. The Wolf Laurel Trailhead is located off Forest Service Road #81, seasonally closed from January 1-March 31. FS #81 is accessed off the Joyce Kilmer Road near its...
  • 0.2mi, Climbs Gently, Some Obstacles

Yellow Hammer Gap Trail

  • The Yellow Hammer Gap Trail is an interior trail, connecting with the Nichols Cove and Ike Branch Trails. The Benton MacKaye Trail follows its entire length. Starting at Nichols Cove in the Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness, this trail heads...
  • 1.7mi, Hilly, Some Obstacles