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Tikishla Peak Loop

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This loop hike heads up one of the lesser-traveled, more prominent peaks in the Front Range skyline.


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14.1

Miles

22.6

KM

Loop

5,136' 1,565 m

High

905' 276 m

Low

5,022' 1,531 m

Up

5,022' 1,531 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

88%

Max Grade (41°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views

A JBER recreation pass and check-in are required.

Overview

Tikishla Peak rises 5230' above sea level along the Tanana Ridgeline, where East Tanana Peak is the true summit of the ridge. The loop featured here traverses the Dome (2986') and Knoya (4600') before reaching the summit of Tikishla. The return takes you down scree fields to the North Fork Campbell Creek Trail back to the trailhead.

Need to Know

This hike is on JBER military land except for the portion along the North Fork Campbell Creek Trail. Access to JBER requires a $10 annual recreation pass permit, which can be done online at jber.isportsman.net/. You must also sign in and out as you enter and exit the area. There are times that training exercises are being held, closing the area off, and that is also posted on the website.

Description

This hike begins at the Upper Basher Trailhead and follows the Dome Trail and the Knoya Peak Trail up to Knoya Peak. From Knoya Peak, continue southeast along the ridge to the top of Tikishla, where you get great views of the Chugach and the Anchorage bowl, weather permitting.

The descent down the south slopes of Tikishla includes decent scree until the slope flattens out a bit. Continuing down the fall line, you'll eventually meet up with the North Fork Campbell Creek Trail. Going east will take you to Williwaw Lakes and going west will take you back to the Dome Trail. On the way to the Dome Trail, the North Fork Campbell Creek Trail will fork west and northwest. Heading west will take you up the backside of Near Point. Theoretically you could go that way back to Basher Drive, but the shortest way is northwest back to the Dome Trail.

This featured hike has a difficult rating due to its length, steep grade, and descent down scree slopes.

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Photos

Knoya summit view looking east northeast toward Temptation Peak (and a malamute)
Apr 30, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
View of the descent down the south slopes of Tikishla
Mar 21, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Saddle before the summit of Dome Trail
Mar 23, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Dome Trail summit looking at the start
Mar 23, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Summit of Dome Trail looking at the next peak
Mar 23, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Look at Dome Trail summit
Mar 23, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK

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Jul 9, 2020
Bennett Pearce
The ridge to Tikishla wasn't hard to follow, but was definitely a bit of a scramble in some places. After you drop down from the ridge on your way… 14.2mi — 6h 50m
Jul 30, 2019
Mallory Neumann