Information About

Worthington Glacier

Quick Facts

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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

Tributary to

Ptarmigan Creek

Length

3.8 mi (6.12 km)

Elevation

3786 ft (1153.97 m)

Uses

Hiking, Ice Climbing, Rock Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding

Worthington Glacier in Detail.

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.

Worthington Glacier Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Worthington Glacier.

Places Near Worthington Glacier
Crags:

101 Wall, Blueberry Block, Republic of Boulder, The Sunny Side,

Flats:

Dutch Flat,

Glaciers:

Bench Glacier, Corbin Glacier, Deserted Glacier, Don Glacier, Heiden Glacier, Hogback Glacier, Keystone Glacier, Scorpion Glacier, The Beach, Tonsina Glacier, Tsina Glacier, Twentyseven Mile Glacier, Worthington Glacier, Wortmanns Glacier,

Routes:

Angel, Bridal Veil Falls (Ice Climb), Cidersicle, Fang Gully, Flying Cloud, Foolagain, Glass Onion, Greensteps, Hanging Tree Left, Hanging Tree Right, Horsetail Falls (Ice Climb), Hung Jury, Mud Slide, Oil Slick, Popsicle Pillar, POS, Simple Twist of Fate, Spring Loaded, The Bight,

Lakes:

Blueberry Lake, Greyling Lake, Thompson Lake, Trap Lake, Worthington Lake,

Locales:

19 Mile Wall, Bald Boy, Bro Bowl, Catchers Mitt, Cracked Ice, DOT Face, Fracture Canyon, Girls, Heavenly, Heiden View Face, Little Girls, Little Odyssey, Loveland Basin, Mega Sumo, Moonlight Basin, Nick's Happy Valley, North Odyssey, Python, RFS, Road Run, School Bus, Skate Park, Snatch, Valley of the Tusk, Vertigo,

Mountains:

Girls Mountain, Meteorite Mountain, Odessey,

Parks:

Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site,

Mountain Passes:

Ptarmigan Drop, Thompson Pass,

Peaks:

Acapulco, Berlin Wall, Bronto, Cracked Ice, F-Top, Goodwills, Halibut Head, Ivory Tusk, Little Matterhorn, Loveland Peak, Python, Repeater Peak, RFS, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Sapphire, Satellite, Sina Benchmark, Stone Mountain, Tones Temple, Twentyseven Mile Peak, Whistlers Mother,

Ridges:

Sushi Bar, The Books,

Streams:

Bear Creek, Bench Creek, Brown Creek, Browns Creek, Cascade Creek, Heiden Creek, Ptarmigan Creek, Sheep Creek, Wortmanns Creek,

Routes:

Browns Creek Trail, DOT Glacier Trail, Little Odessey Trail, Pack Trail of 1899, Thompson Pass Pipeline Access Road, Trans-Alaska Trail - Valdez to Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail,

Valleys:

Heiden Canyon, Keystone Canyon, Snowslide Gulch,

Cities:

Ptarmigan, Wortmanns,

Waterfalls:

Bridal Veil Falls, Horsetail Falls, Rudleston Falls,