Worthington Glacier

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Quick Facts
  • Conditions: Road and paved trails are clear, still snow over wheelchair access still. Bathrooms open. Updated: 13 June 16:36
  • Location: 61 ° 10' 13" N, 145 ° 45' 48" W
  • Region: Valdez-Cordova (CA)
  • Nearest City: Valdez
  • Uses: Hiking, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding
  • Length: 3.8 mi (6.12 km)
  • Elevation: 3786 ft (1153.97 m)
  • Tributary to: Ptarmigan Creek
  • Trails: Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail,

Worthington Trek, Valdez Tour

Our Worthington Glacier treks are family friendly tours allowing people to get up, close, and inside Worthington Glacier and big blue ice.

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Getting There
From Anchorage take the Glenn Highway to Glennallen, then turn south to Valdez on the Richardson Highway. From Fairbanks, drive south to Valdez on the Richardson Highway, or from Valdez drive north 32 miles (about 40 minutes) on the Richardson.

Worthington Glacier is at 29 mile on the Richardson Highway. It's impossible to miss, unless it's whiteout conditions.

About
Nestled in the Chugach Mountains in Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier is a popular tourist destination as it is right off the highway, and has easy access. We offer guided tours of Worthington Glacier for those wishing to explore inside the glacier. There are paved trails to the viewing platform and well packed gravel trails to the glacier face. From the viewing platform to the glacier, it is maybe a 10 minute walk. Most people who are able to walk stairs unaided should be able to walk to the face of the glacier without difficulty.


There is ample paved parking with parking for both passenger cars and RV's. There are four outhouses and no running water. We operate the concession building where snacks, drinks and some souvenirs are available for purchase. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

The glacier is receding at a fast pace and the face of the glacier becomes taller and more steep each year.

Pets are permitted on leashes. Leashes must be no more than 9ft.

Hiking

There is Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail a steep trail to the left of the paved area that leads to the viewing platform. This is a maintained trail and is kept in good condition but it is an aggressive hike the follows Worthington Glacier along the southern ridge.

History
In the late 1990's the glacier extended to the pond, and the viewing deck, in the past two decades it has retreated over a quarter mile.

Naming: Worthington was a local name reported in 1900 by F. C. Schrader, USGS.

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I love how accessible it is and how family friendly. There are different levels of viewing and exploration for every age and comfort level. A good place to stop for a picnic, hike or climb.

Jenny Sheldon
Jenny Sheldon March 5, 2018
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Worthington Glacier is an excellent glacier to visit. It's a beautiful mountain glacier with much to explore from all angles. Though most exploration of Worthington may be beyond some peoples comfort zone.

Zachary Sheldon
Zachary Sheldon September 29, 2017
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