Meares Glacier

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 61 ° 14' 23" N, 147 ° 25' 3" W
  • Region: Valdez-Cordova (CA)
  • Nearest City: Valdez
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  • Length: 15 mi (24.14 km)
  • Elevation: 4528 ft (1380.13 m)
  • Tributary to: Unakwik Inlet


Getting There
The easiest way to get there is to charter a flight with Tok Air Service while they operate out Valdez in March and April.

Otherwise in summer you can take a Stan Stephens Cruise to view the glacier or you can charter a boat from Valdez to get to the glacier.

In the Chugach Mountains, Meares Glacier heads between Aspero Peak and Mount Michelson, trends southwest to Unakwik Inlet, 42 miles west of Valdez at its terminus.

Named in 1909 by U. S. Grant and D. F. Higgins, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), for Captain John Meares, 1756-1809, British naval officer, explorer, and trader. Captain Meares, while on a trading expedition aboard the English vessel Nootka, spent the winter of 1786-87 in Prince William Sound.



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