Knoya Peak After-work epic

We joined a Meetup group and decided to join their trip up Knoya Peak, which is one of the many Chugach Range peaks accessible directly from Anchorage. A little more ambitious than the 4 hours of "slightly faster than usual" hiking posted on Meetup. After a shattering 5 hours of steep hiking (1,400m of ascent) we were still snapping at the heels of the young lean machines who sucked us into this, and drove home in sunlight at 11pm. Felt a little short of sleep when the alarm went off at 6 the next morning!

Map of our route, starting on the outskirts of Anchorage, a 15 minute drive from home.
Some fairly substantial elevation in a short period of time.
Starting the ascent, looking up Campbell Creek Canyon.
Snow remnants near the top.
Stunning views of Anchorage and across Cook Inlet as the sun started skirting the horizon.
Peak bagged!
Full 360 panorama from Knoya Peak.
A small section of the Chugach Range. More mountains than you can shake a stick at.
Knik Arm, with Susitna (Sleeping Lady) on the horizon
Turnagain Arm and the plains of the Kenai Peninsula
We jogged much of the descent, to catch up with the others. Over on the right was a moose with two calves. Even though we knew where they were, it was hard to make them out, camouflaged in the tundra.
A remnant snow highway helped us on our way.
Heading down into Campbell Creek Canyon.
Moose-grazed tundra.
The light of the low sun played in the trees.
And continued to play as we drove home at 10:30pm.
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Peter Taylor