Uktena starts about a quarter mile from the Oconaluftee Village Trailhead off of Tinker's Dream
. It climbs sharply up to the top of Fire Mountain and intersects with both Waya
and Fire Tower to end at the intersection with Kessel Run
. Uktena is the most technical trail Fire Mountain has to offer. It has a few short rocky and rooty sections, tons of switchback berms, and a few log skinnies along the way.