Information About

Meares Glacier

Quick Facts

Open in The Map Meares Glacier on The Map

Location

61 ° 14' 23" N,
147 ° 25' 3" W

Region

Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City

Valdez

Tributary to

Unakwik Inlet

Length

15 mi (24.14 km)

Elevation

4528 ft (1380.13 m)

Uses

Meares Glacier in Detail.

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.

About

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.

History

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.