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Worthington Glacier

On your way into Valdez stop at Worthington Glacier, one of Alaska’s most accessible glaciers. The glacier may be seen from the road while driving along the Richardson Highway to or from Valdez, or may be viewed from the Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site in Thompson Pass. 

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. 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.

A state recreation site covered in snow

Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site in winter. Photo by Cody Allen. 

How To Get There

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.

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Safety & Etiquette

Important Summer 2020 update from the Valdez Adventure Alliance: "The Worthington Glacier Ridge Trail (the unpaved trail with the steep entry to the left side of the small building) is closed for the 2020 season for your safety. There are posted signs and safety tape up. Please do not ignore these. All the main parts of the recreation site are open -- the paved trail to the foot of the moraine, the viewing platforms, pavilion, bathrooms."

a hiking trail-head closed up with tape and warning signs

Photo from Valdez Adventure Alliance

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Touching Worthington Glacier

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Wonders of Worthington

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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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