Information About

Bench Glacier

Quick Facts

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61 ° 1' 32.203" N,
145 ° 40' 35.897" W


Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City


Tributary to

Bench Creek


3.85 mi (6.2 km)


0.84 mi (1.35 km)


4590 ft (1399.03 m)


Bench Glacier in Detail.

Getting There

From Valdez one can get a lift out with helicopter access in summer or a heli-skiing operator, or Tok Air Service (operating out of Thompson Pass Mar-Apr), in winter.

For on the ground access, if in summer the easiest access is from 19 mile Richardson Highway, the road going south, east of Sheep Creek. Drive to the bottom of the road and park along the pipeline, bring a packraft to cross Lowe River, stay east of Wortmanns Creek. Proceed up the ridge between Bench Creek and Wortmanns Creek.

In winter pull in to the DOT materials yard at 18 mile Richardson Highway, by the time there is a decent base local snowmachiners will have put in a trail to follow.


Heads 11 mi. NE of Meteorite Mtn., trends NW to its terminus (1953) at head of Bench Creek, 4.8 mi. SE of Wortmanns and 18 mi. SE of Valdez, Chugach Mts. 5 miles long.

Bench Glacier is a fair sided glacier located just out of Valdez in the Chugach Mountains, across from Thompson Pass. It's a mild valley glacier, without many deep wide crevasses.

The glacier is seldom ever accessed in summer if at all. However in winter it is occasionally accessed by snowmachiners (snowmobilers) or the occasional skier.

As the glacier melts it forms Bench Creek.


Named in 1963 by A. S. Post, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), "because the glacier terminates at the head of a bench."

Naming: Named in 1963 by A.S. Port USGS, "because the glacier terminates at the head of a bench."

Bench Glacier Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Bench Glacier.

Places Near Bench Glacier

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


Dutch Flat,


Bench Glacier, Cordova Glacier, Deserted Glacier, DOT Glacier, Heiden Glacier, Marshall Glacier, Tasnuna Glacier, The Beach, Twentyseven Mile Glacier, Worthington Glacier, Wortmanns Glacier,


Angel, Cidersicle, Hanging Tree Left, Hanging Tree Right, Plastic Jesus, Plow Truck, Popsicle Pillar, Spring Loaded, The Bight,


Blueberry Lake, Rude Lake, Thompson Lake, Trap Lake, Worthington Lake,


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


Mount Dimond, Mount Dimond, Girls Mountain, The Island, Odessey, Pontoon,


Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site,

Mountain Passes:

Marshall Pass, Ptarmigan Drop, Thompson Pass,


Acapulco, Berlin Wall, Bronto, Cracked Ice, Goodwills, Halibut Head, Ivory Tusk, Little Matterhorn, Loveland Peak, Python, Repeater Peak, RFS, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Sapphire, Stairway, Stone Mountain, The Tusk, Tones Temple, Twentyseven Mile Peak, Whistlers Mother,


Hippy Ridge, Sushi Bar, The Books,


Bear Creek, Bench Creek, Cascade Creek, Heiden Creek, Ptarmigan Creek, Sheep Creek, Small Creek, Wortmanns Creek,


DOT Glacier Trail, Little Odessey Trail, Thompson Pass Pipeline Access Road, Trans-Alaska Trail - Valdez to Thompson Pass, Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail,


Heiden Canyon, Snowslide Gulch,


Ptarmigan, Wortmanns,


Bridal Veil Falls, Rudleston Falls,