Worthington Glacier Overlook

Valdez, Alaska

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This short hike follows the lateral moraine of Worthington Glacier, offering impressive views of the deeply crevassed glacier below and of the alpine meadows and mountain wilderness of the Thompson Pass area. This informal trail, created simply by the passage of feet, is a perfect leg-stretcher for the more adventurous visitors to Worthington Glacier and gives a hint of the thrill of mountaineering. Those bothered by exposure will want to stick to the lower part of this trail or to the short, paved flatland trail near the glacier face. Don’t let cloudy or misty weather cancel the hike; the blue of the ice is more intense on gray days, and the mountains are more mysterious. This glacial landscape is recognized as a National Natural Landmark. Like many other Alaskan glaciers, Worthington is receding.
55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska

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55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska

by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr. (The Mountaineers Books)

This short hike follows the lateral moraine of Worthington Glacier, offering impressive views of the deeply crevassed glacier below and of the alpine meadows and mountain wilderness of the Thompson Pass area. This informal trail, created simply by the passage of feet, is a perfect leg-stretcher for the more adventurous visitors to Worthington Glacier and gives a hint of the thrill of mountaineering.

Those bothered by exposure will want to stick to the lower part of this trail or to the short, paved flatland trail near the glacier face. Don’t let cloudy or misty weather cancel the hike; the blue of the ice is more intense on gray days, and the mountains are more mysterious. This glacial landscape is recognized as a National Natural Landmark. Like many other Alaskan glaciers, Worthington is receding.

©  Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr./The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Valdez
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: late June-Sept
Local Contacts: Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Valdez A5
Driving Directions: Directions to Worthington Glacier Overlook

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