Information About

Ptarmigan Creek

Quick Facts

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61 ° 11' 21" N,
145 ° 38' 5" W


Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City


Tributary to

Tsina River


Worthington Lake,


1699 ft (517.86 m)


Ptarmigan Creek in Detail.

Getting There

Richardson Highway follows near Ptarmigan Creek through much of it's winding through Thompson Pass.


Located 18 miles east of Valdez, Ptarmigan Creek begins in to the south of Loveland Peak, Thompson Pass, it forms Worthington Lake and flows NE past Worthington Glacier, through Thompson Pass, to joinTsina River at what was once Ptarmigan, in the Chugach Mountains.
Small portions of Ptarmigan Creek could be considered navigable from the DOT Station for about a mile. However soon after passing under School Bus the creek runs through a small canyon and then again shortly after passing under Snatch.


Name reported in 1900 by F.C. Schrader, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It's not too difficult to find Ptarmigan in the vicinity of the creek, so likely it was named for the abundance of ptarmigan.

Ptarmigan Creek Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Ptarmigan Creek.

Places Near Ptarmigan Creek

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


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


Angel, Plastic Jesus, Plow Truck, Spring Loaded,


Blueberry Lake, Greyling 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, 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, Odessey,


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, Sina Benchmark, Stairway, Stone Mountain, The Tusk, Tones Temple, Twentyseven Mile Peak,


Hippy Ridge, Sushi Bar, The Books,


Bench Creek, Cascade Creek, Glacier Creek, Heiden Creek, Mill 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,