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The Books

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61 ° 2' 37.32" N,
145 ° 38' 38.4" W



Nearest City



Thompson Pass


5755 ft (1754.12 m)


Skiing, Snowboarding

The Books in Detail.

Getting There

The Books can be accessed by heliski operators in March and April, or by Tok Air Service during that same time.

The most common way to access The Books 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 Glacier. 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. Then you’re at The Books.


The Books is a local name assigned to the ridge bordering the east side of Heiden Glacier. The spines of the ridges are nearly uniform and evenly spaced vertical buttresses, appearing as a bunch of books on a shelf.

The Books Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near The Books.

Places Near The Books

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


Bench Glacier, Cordova Glacier, Deserted Glacier, DOT Glacier, Heiden Glacier, Marshall Glacier, Tasnuna Glacier, The Beach, 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, Iguana Backs, 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, Three Pigs, 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,