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Worthington Glacier, Valdez

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The Worthington Glacier is a 5774acre valley glacier located adjacent to Thompson Pass in the southeastern mainland section of the U.S. state of Alaska. Located on the Richardson Highway at milepost 28.7mi east of Valdez, it was listed as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. The Worthington Glacier State Recreation Site, a 113acre roadside park operated by the state of Alaska, offers a view of the glacier, and it is acclaimed as one of the remaining U.S. glaciers that is accessible by paved highway. Like most of Alaska’s glaciers, this glacier has been steadily retreating for the last 150 years, but not as dramatically as many others.
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  • Worthington Glacier is a BEAUTIFUL stop before heading down in to Valdez. It's an easy hike up to the glacier and is suitable for most able-bodied travelers (no wheelchair access up to the glacier). O...  more »
  • FREE. Easy hike up to the glacier, you can touch it. Easy gradual grade increase, not too crowded, beautiful waterfall as you get closer to the glacier. About 1 mile round trip.  more »
  • On your way to Valdez, stop at the glacier. Well worth the time to hike up to the falls and glacier itself. You can't get this close to many glaciers in the area, so take advantage of it now before it...  more »

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