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Heiden Glacier

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61 ° 2' 46.42" N,
145 ° 39' 40.289" W


Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City



3.5 mi (5.63 km)


4570 ft (1392.94 m)


Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmachining

Heiden Glacier in Detail.

Getting There

Heiden Glacier can be accessed by heliski operators in March and April, or by Tok Air Service during that same time. Just tell them you want to go to The Books.

The most common way to access Heiden Glacier is by snowmachine (snowmobile) from parking at the DOT gravel shed at 19 mile just east of the Welcome to Valdez sign.

From the parking area follow the trail back to Sheep Creek. It then follows Sheep Creek down to Lowe River. Just before it enters the Lowe the trail crosses Sheep Creek, then shortly goes up along the Lowe River before crossing it. The trail then follows Wortmanns Creek until just before it enters the canyon. At that point the trail will make a break to the left (east) and into the woods. The trail then does some weaving and bobbing through the trees with gradual climbing until it hits tree line. Then depending on snow cover it maybe and open run up to the bench or still traveling the trail through the alders.

Soon after you will be on top of the bench and the trail runs east along the bench until rounding the peak on the west of Heiden Glaicer. From there it’s a short steep run up on to a shelf, a few hundred yards along the base of the peak and then drops down on to Heiden Glacier.


Trends N-S, in the Chugach Mountains,draining into Heiden Creek, between Bench Glacier, to the W, and Deserted Glacier, to the E, 20 mi ESE of Valdez. 3.5 miles long.

Heiden Glacier is a small glacier on the north side of a horseshoe shaped ridge. The eastern ridge is known as The Books. It’s a striking ridge so it often gets more attention than Heiden Glacier itself.

The head of the glacier can be seen from the road coming down the backside of Thompson Pass.

Since the glacier has little vertical descent there is little risk for crevasses. Its run off flows north to join the Lowe River.


Named about 1962 by Austin S. Post, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); derived from Heiden Canyon.

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Places Near Heiden 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, Tsina Glacier, Twentyseven Mile Glacier, Worthington Glacier, Wortmanns Glacier,


Angel, Plastic Jesus, Plow Truck, Spring Loaded,


Blueberry 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, Lizard Head, 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,


Ptarmigan, Wortmanns,