Kanchee, Knoya, and Tikishla Peaks

Anchorage, Alaska

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While hikers frequently climb the mountains bordering North Fork Campbell Creek on its south side (Near Point and Wolverine), the peaks bordering this valley to the north are often ignored. Kanchee Peak, Knoya Peak, and Tikishla Peak—ascending in both height and order of difficulty— all make for excellent hikes, either from Stuckagain Heights Trailhead or from a campsite in Campbell Creek or Chester Creek Valleys. The mountains take their names from the Dena’ina language: Kanchee means “porcupine,” Knoya “beaver,” and Tikishla “black bear.” You won’t see any of these lowland animals on the peaks themselves, but keep an eye out for Dall sheep, marmots, and bald eagles.

Kanchee, Knoya, and Tikishla Peaks Professional Review and Guide

"While hikers frequently climb the mountains bordering North Fork Campbell Creek on its south side (Near Point and Wolverine), the peaks bordering this valley to the north are often ignored.

Kanchee Peak, Knoya Peak, and Tikishla Peak—ascending in both height and order of difficulty— all make for excellent hikes, either from Stuckagain Heights Trailhead or from a campsite in Campbell Creek or Chester Creek Valleys. The mountains take their names from the Dena’ina language: Kanchee means “porcupine,” Knoya “beaver,” and Tikishla “black bear.” You won’t see any of these lowland animals on the peaks themselves, but keep an eye out for Dall sheep, marmots, and bald eagles."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 13.5
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8
Driving Directions: Directions to Kanchee, Knoya, and Tikishla Peaks

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