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Tonsina Glacier

Quick Facts

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61 ° 18' 50" N,
145 ° 48' 50" W


Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City



11 mi (17.7 km)


4268 ft (1300.89 m)

Tonsina Glacier in Detail.

Getting There

The easiest way to access the Tonsina is via a helicopter from Valdez. Or in winter Tok Air Service flies out of Thompson Pass and Valdez and can land on the Tonsina.

However the most popular way to access the Tonsina is riding a snowmachine (snowmobile) up the Tsina River on to the Tsina Glacier and up over the first fork immediately to the north (right).


heads at 611745N1455830W, trends E to its terminus (1951) at head of Tonsina River, 25 mi. NE of Valdez, Chugach Mts.

The Tonsina Glaicer is a easy to access glacier located just outside of Valdez, a little ways back from Thompson Pass. It’s a good gentle sloping glacier for traveling on and has a few good places to setup for a glacier ski camp.


Name published in 1933 by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Places Near Tonsina Glacier

Ptarmigan, Wortmanns,


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


Dutch Flat,


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Angel, Fast Friends, Secret Journey, Spring Loaded, Stem City, Tokyo Express, Tsuri Gane,


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


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, Road Run, School Bus, Skate Park, Snatch, Vertigo,


Black Mountain, Camp Mountain, Girls Mountain, Odessey,


Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site,

Mountain Passes:

Ptarmigan Drop, Thompson Pass,


Acapulco, Berlin Wall, Mount Bonet, F-Top, Goodwills, Little Matterhorn, Loveland Peak, Python, Repeater Peak, Sapphire, Sina Benchmark, Tones Temple, Twentyseven Mile Peak,


300 Days of Sunshine and Attitude, 5 Star Everything, 919, Afternoon Shadow Boxing, Anchor Man, Another Foolish Route, Artic Oven Lovin, Babar Yoga, Backflip Bum, Balaclava Joy, Bio-Dome, Blueberry Crack , Bluebies, Casa Bonita, Chain Letters From the Dalai Lama, Chain Letters to the Dalai Lama, Curry Popcorn, E-Talk the Talk, Elitist's Overcompensation, Entrepreneur, Ewok the Walk, Find The Cure, Fixe Fixie, Flatirons, Follow the Medallion, Game On!, Gingerade, Grandma's Barley Soup, Happy Rosh Hashana, Honey Badger, Hunka Munka, I Got A Fever of 5.7, I Love Lamp, Kombucha Crack, Last Train to Chossville, Learning Center for Ants, Love Bubble, Lucky Number Fifty-Sleven, McCarthy Bus Lane, McSchmiggens, Mecha Streisand, Meet You at the Station, Mimosa Morning, My Subaru Loves the Environment, Neptune, North Slope, Northurn Lights Delight, On The Grid, Organic, Party on Garth, Party on Wayne, Philanthroparian, Pika's Penthouse, Pika's Playhouse, Ping Pong Madness, S.K.K., Salami Heist, Saturday Night Fever, Scouts Honor, Sharp End, Six Figure Bums, Snot a Rocket, South Park, Steave's Goalie, Steve's Tanker, Stoken the Stove, Sway Penny Yoga, Talons, Thursday Night Cruiser, Tibetan Prayer Flags Made in China, Trustafarian (Rasta With a Trust Fund), Unknown, Unknown 3, Valet at the Movement, What Would Squeak Do?, Yippie (Yuppie Hippie),


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


DOT Glacier Trail, Little Odessey Trail, Thompson Pass Pipeline Access Road, Tsina River Trail, Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail,


Heiden Canyon,