(sometimes referred to as the
) is a large icefield
straddled on the Alaska
It lies in
the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains. Within the United States, most of it is under
the administration of the Tongass National Forest and is part of the Stikine-LeConte
Wilderness within the national forest.
extremely large icefield, the icecap is a primary source for both
River, which forms its northern boundary, and the Taku's
southern tributaries, and also the Stikine River and its lower western tributaries, notably the
Chutine, which form
its southern and southwestern boundary, respectively.
Stikine Icecap is the parent icefield of the LeConte and Sawyer Glaciers on its US side, and the
Glacier on its Canadian side.
Also on the Canadian
side and entering the lower Stikine, like the Great Glacier, are
and Flood Glaciers
, which form the boundaries of
the small Boundary Range
, which is an
eastern abutment of the range comprising the Stikine Icecap and
marks the approximate boundary claimed by the United States prior
to the Alaska Boundary Settlement
The Stikine Icecap area is also renowned for its technically
demanding and dangerous peaks and spires of granite that have
garnered comparisons as North America's version of Patagonia
. Peaks of particular renown include Devils Thumb, Witches Tits, Cat's Ears, and the Burkett Needle.
expeditions into the region usually depart from Petersburg,
- Tongass National Forest webpage on the Stikine