Hiking Worthington Glacier

Kali Checking Out the View While Hiking Worthington Glacier in Alaska

In the summer of 2016 we were driving from Valdez, Alaska to Anchorage, when we saw a sign for the Worthington Glacier State Recreation Area. We thought, “Hey! We like glaciers! And there’s a glacier! So let’s go!”

So we went.

We saw a trail going up the glacier. How cool is that?!

So we went up the trail.

Here’s a hint for you guys. When there are two signs at the base of the trail–one saying, “Unstable Glacial Area; Proceed At Your Own Risk,” and the other saying, “Ridge Trail: Steep, Primitive Difficult”–you should pay attention.

Warning Sign at the Base of the Worthington Glacier Trail
Unstable Glacier Warning At the Bottom of Worthington Glacier Trail

Fortunately for us, we did pay attention. We went back to the RV and changed from sandals to hiking boots. Problem solved!

The hike turned out to be a beautiful one, even though the day was overcast and cloudy. Unfortunately we didn’t make it all the way to the glacier because some high winds were moving in. As you can see, this is not a trail you want to be on when the winds strike.

Looking back down the Worthington Glacier Trail

I should add that Bear was quite the trooper….going up. He trotted right along, no problem. When we turned to go down he had a minor freak out and refused to move. I guess he didn’t realize where he was until it was time to go back down!

Looking Back down the Worthington Glacier Trail

If you’re in this area then we definitely recommend you do the hike. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re in decent shape and not afraid of heights then you’ll do just fine.

One other thing: There was plenty of parking for RVs. There were no camp sites and no fires were allowed, but the parking lot didn’t say anything about no overnight parking. Take that for what it’s worth.

Hope you enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed the hike!

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