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Worthington Glacier

Alaska's Most Accessible Glacier

On your way into Valdez stop at Worthington Glacier, one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. The glacier is approximately 29 miles outside of Valdez. Watch for the sign to Worthington Glacier, pull into the parking lot and walk a very short distance to the viewpoint of this beautiful glacier. There is even a pathway for wheelchairs. Observing Worthington Glacier from the viewpoint is the safest way to see this amazing glacier. However, for the more adventurous folks, there is a rough path that leads to the face of the glacier that can be hiked. It’s important to realize that glacier can break off pieces at any point (calve). Please use extreme caution when approaching a glacier up close. Enter at your own risk.

Guided tours of Worthington Glacier are available from local tour operators.

Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site

The Recreation Site is on the Richardson Highway at Milepost 29. Easy accessibility off the highway provides excellent views of the Worthington Glacier, which melts and flows into the Tsina River. The recreation site provides interpretive signage along a paved wheelchair-accessible trail from the parking lot to a viewing platform situated just a short distance from the toe of the glacier. Experienced hikers may enjoy the short but steep Glacier Ridge Trail that affords a different perspective of the glacier and a sweeping vista of the surrounding mountains and valleys of Thompson Pass. This site is open until closed by winter snow and ice conditions. Please help avoid litter and pack your trash out with you.

The area is maintained by the Valdez Adventure Alliance.

Worthington in Winter

While the glacier is most accessible in the summertime, visiting Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site in the winter is a great way to see the massive amount of snow that accumulates in Valdez every year. Over 500 inches of snow are recorded annually in Thompson Pass.


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Touching Worthington Glacier

Photo by Selah Bauer

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Wonders of Worthington

Photo by Gary Minish

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Worthington Glacier in Fall

Worthington Glacier is easily viewable and accessible from the Richardson Highway.

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Massive Snowfall

Visit Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site in the winter to see massive snowfall. Photo by Cody Allen

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"Reserved Parking"

See massive snow accumulation at Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site in the winter. Photo by Cody Allen

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Approaching Worthington

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Our local tour operators offer access to the glaciers by boat, kayak, helicopter, road, or foot. Choose your perfect adventure!

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