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The Davidson Glacier is a large valley glacier near Haines, Alaska that finds its source in the Chilkat Range.

Davidson Glacier
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Map showing the location of Davidson Glacier
Map showing the location of Davidson Glacier
TypeValley glacier
Coordinates59°04′54″N 135°28′21″W / 59.08167°N 135.47250°W / 59.08167; -135.47250Coordinates: 59°04′54″N 135°28′21″W / 59.08167°N 135.47250°W / 59.08167; -135.47250
Area4.6 miles (7.4 km)



The Davidson Glacier was originally discovered by 1867[1] and was recounted by John Muir in his famous travels in and around Glacier Bay in 1879. The glacier was, at that time, a glacier that nearly reached tidewater.[2] It has since receded into the mountains and created its very own glacial lake in the glacier's moraine (similar to the Mendenhall Glacier and lake) about one mile inland from the Chilkat Inlet.

Current statusEdit

Currently, the Davidson Glacier serves as a tourist attraction for Haines. While not actually located on the Chilkat Peninsula, tour operators boat or kayak tourists over to the glacier and then drive or hike them from the shore to the glacier on a road constructed for tourists' use.

Davidson Glacier, 2017
Davidson Glacier, 2011

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Davidson Glacier Retrieved April 17, 2007.
  2. ^ (Wilderness Essays, The Alaska Trip (pg 60) John Muir).

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