Back in September, Rachel invited me to go hike Tikishla in the Anchorage Front Range with a crew of friends. Tikishla is a craggy, 5,230-foot FR summit that is part of a ridge line dividing North Campbell Creek and the Snow Hawk Valley. The smaller summits of Kanchee and Knoya, as well as the higher summit of Tanaina are part of the same ridge.
We had amazing weather for this hike: cold, clear fall morning lead to a warm day, and gorgeous alpine colors.
|Spurr over Anchorage. Denali was out too, very clear to all but my camera..|
|Probably getting laser tagged.|
|Eagle River beyond the lonely Snow Hawk head waters.|
|After a stop for lunch on Knoya, headed to Tikishla, in the distance.|
|Tikishla's west summit from the higher east summit. Lots of Chugach crud scrambling and rock hopping.|
|Tanaina, and Koktoya peaking above just past.|
|On the way back, Tikishla's west face. A worthy ski.|
|Kanchee and Knoya.|
|Sunset on a great day.|
This is probably one of the most scenic huts in Alaska, and also one of MCA's most accessible. Perched in a small bowl near the Mint Glacier, the red and green hut over looks the granite peaks of the Talkeetnas and is back-dropped by a play ground of good skiing. When Jack, Kruse, and I did the Bomber Traverse we bypassed the cabin on our way to Penny Royal Glacier, but it's well worth a visit and a stay.
EDIT: This post has generated a lot of activity, likely because of its mention of Bomber Traverse and Mint Hut. It also generated a couple comments regarding membership to the Mountaineering Club of Alaska, the organization that built and maintains the Mint Hut and a number of others in the Talkeetnas and Northern Chugach. Membership to MCA cost $15 annually; compare this to the price of renting a National Forest cabin on the Kenai Peninsula at $45 a night. MCA memberships are available online here: LINK
|Fresh snow on the way in.|
|Mostly cloudy, but we got a little break in the afternoon.|
|Here's a close up of the Hut taken from Backdoor Pass, May Day 2011.|
|Same photo, not zoomed in.|
|Sorry Marta. Busy at breakfast time.|
|We slept cozily with 7 people and one little dog in the loft, and one person and two dogs downstairs. EDIT: Plus one inflatable goat...what?|
|Snow flakes falling gently before leaving. Back Door Pass is to the left.|
|Steep morning commute.|
|Rest of the crew coming down.|