Ike Branch Trail

HARD 4 reviews

Ike Branch Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,473 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

blowdown

muddy

over grown

rocky

washed out

Out & back hike to Slickrock Creek.

16 days ago

Difficult, beautiful, poorly marked in many areas, loved the hike in and camp spot at the intersection of Ike branch and slickrock creek trail. We decided to hike down slickrock creek trail towards the little Tennessee river and loop back around towards the start of Ike branch trail where we started... DONT DO THIS! Slick rock trail ends, there’s no where to loop it around.. we had to hike all the way back to Ike branch then back to the car, it was a long difficult hike for one day. The trail is poorly marked, rarely maintained. Given the difficult task we had, we saw some unbelievably beautiful sites, the waterfall on slickrock creek was well worth the hike.. it was huge, and the water was deep enough for a swim under the beautiful fall.. im not sure how soon we will be back, the trek we had was super difficult with the trails not being marked very well. Ike branch was marked well, but slickrock was poor.. there wasn’t anyone in site the entire weekend which was a bonus if you like seclusion.. beautiful place.

hiking
6 months ago

Start @ trailhead for Slickrock Creek Tr. Limited parking off Hwy 129 on south side of bridge below Cheoah Dam. Ike Tr begins after .6mi easy walk along Calderwood Lake. This is a difficult, gnarly, poorly marked & maintained wilderness trail with few blazes, eroded difficult to follow trail with deadfall, & mult creek xzings. Great fun. First .9mi a steep muddy ascent along the stream. Watch for the subtle stream xings. Ascend a ridge-trail now in decent shape & easy to follow through forest. Jxn w Hangover Tr @ 1.5mi &Yellow Hammer Gap Tr. @ 1.6. Steep descent to end @ Slickrock Creek @ 2.2mi from Ike trailhead. Unable to make a loop w Slickrock Cr Tr -water too high today for safe xing.

hiking
6 months ago