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Stikine Icecap (sometimes referred to as the Stikine Icefield) is a large icefield straddled on the AlaskamarkerBritish Columbiamarker boundary in the Alaska Panhandlemarker region. It lies in the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountainsmarker. Within the United States, most of it is under the administration of the Tongass National Forestmarker and is part of the Stikine-LeConte Wildernessmarker within the national forest.

An extremely large icefield, the icecap is a primary source for both the Taku Rivermarker, which forms its northern boundary, and the Taku's southern tributaries, and also the Stikine Rivermarker and its lower western tributaries, notably the Chutinemarker, which form its southern and southwestern boundary, respectively. The Stikine Icecap is the parent icefield of the LeContemarker and Sawyer Glaciers on its US side, and the Great Glaciermarker on its Canadian side. Also on the Canadian side and entering the lower Stikine, like the Great Glacier, are the Mud 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 of 1903.

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 Thumbmarker, Witches Tits, Cat's Ears, and the Burkett Needle.

Most expeditions into the region usually depart from Petersburg, Alaskamarker.

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  1. Tongass National Forest webpage on the Stikine Icecap
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