Information About

Wortmanns Creek

Quick Facts

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Location

61 ° 6' 6" N,
145 ° 48' 32" W

Region

Valdez-Cordova (CA)

Nearest City

Valdez

Tributary to

Lowe River

Tributaries

Wortmanns Glacier,

Length

7.46 mi (12.01 km)

Elevation

538 ft (163.98 m)

Uses

Rafting, Snowmachining

Wortmanns Creek in Detail.

Getting There

Summer

At 19 mile on Richardson Highway turn south on the dirt road right near the mile marker. Drive all the way to the bottom of the hill and park along the pipeline. There is a road out to Lowe River. Bring a pack raft or Kayak to cross the Lowe. The safest route is to go down the Lowe and then walk up along Wortmanns. Bushwhacking straight there through the woods isn't too difficult but be mindful of bears, and occasional devil's club.

Winter

Near 18.5 mile on the Richardson Highway, east of Valdez, the DOT has a gravel shed with ample parking past the shed. From near the shed walk east and there is a trail that rises up out of the gravel yard and passes through the trees then follows Sheep Creek to the Lowe River. Cross Sheep Creek and follow it to the Lowe. Cross the Lowe and follow the braid that flows down from the south. This is Wortmanns Creek.

About

Heading at the terminus of Wortmanns Glacier and flowing NW to the Lowe River just SE of Wortmanns and 16 mi E of Valdez, Chugach Mts.

Wortmanns Creek flows north from Wortmanns Glacier and joins the Lowe River. It would make for a good float trip but is seldom if ever done. Keep in mind it is glacier fed, and the air is cooler in the canyon if not in direct sun, so if floated take precautions for hypothermia.

Wortmanns Creek is part of a popular snowmachine(snowmobile) route.

History

Named in 1963 by A. S. Post "for the village of Wortmann.

Naming: Wortmanns Creek was named in 1963 by A. S. Post "for the village of Wortmann." Wortmann used to be a roadhouse and mining camp near Sheep Creek. It's now a private residence.

Wortmanns Creek Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Wortmanns Creek.

Places Near Wortmanns Creek
Crags:

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

Flats:

Dutch Flat,

Glaciers:

Bench Glacier, Corbin Glacier, Deserted Glacier, DOT Glacier, Heiden Glacier, Hogback Glacier, Keystone Glacier, Tonsina Glacier, Tsina Glacier, Twentyseven Mile Glacier, Worthington Glacier, Wortmanns Glacier,

Routes:

Angel, Bridal Veil Falls (Ice Climb), Cidersicle, Fang Gully, Flying Cloud, Foolagain, Glass Onion, Greensteps, Hanging Tree Left, Hanging Tree Right, Horsetail Falls (Ice Climb), Hung Jury, Mud Slide, Oil Slick, Popsicle Pillar, POS, Simple Twist of Fate, Spring Loaded, The Bight,

Lakes:

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

Locales:

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, Mercury, Moonlight Basin, Nick's Happy Valley, North Odyssey, Python, Road Run, School Bus, Skate Park, Snatch, Vertigo,

Mountains:

Girls Mountain, Hogsback, The Island, Meteorite Mountain, Odessey,

Parks:

Blueberry Lake State Recreation Site,

Mountain Passes:

Ptarmigan Drop, Thompson Pass,

Peaks:

Acapulco, Berlin Wall, Mount Bonet, Bronto, F-Top, Goodwills, Halibut Head, Heidi Peak, Little Matterhorn, Loveland Peak, Python, Repeater Peak, Sapphire, Satellite, Stone Mountain, Tones Temple, Twentyseven Mile Peak, Whistlers Mother,

Ridges:

The Books,

Streams:

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

Routes:

Browns Creek Trail, DOT Glacier Trail, Little Odessey Trail, Pack Trail of 1899, Thompson Pass Pipeline Access Road, Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail,

Valleys:

Browns Basin, Heiden Canyon, Keystone Canyon, Snowslide Gulch,

Cities:

Ptarmigan, Wortmanns,

Waterfalls:

Bridal Veil Falls, Horsetail Falls, Rudleston Falls,