Ingalls Creek

Cle Elum, Washington

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A long backpack up Ingalls Creek to Stuart Pass. Ingalls Creek Trail is one of the longest and loneliest trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Few hikers complete the entire trail. Early season hikers go 5 or 6 miles before they are turned back by snow. Late season hikers usually bypass the first dozen miles of the trail, favoring a shortcut into the upper canyon via Beverly-Turnpike or Ingalls Way Trails, which allow quicker access to the “best” part of the hike. But the lower portion of the trail, though lacking in sublime views, has its own rewards. Wildflowers are everywhere along the trail in early season; fall colors are spectacular. Throw in a few waterfalls and some impressive mountain views, and you have a hike that deserves your attention.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A long backpack up Ingalls Creek to Stuart Pass. Ingalls Creek Trail is one of the longest and loneliest trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Few hikers complete the entire trail. Early season hikers go 5 or 6 miles before they are turned back by snow.

Late season hikers usually bypass the first dozen miles of the trail, favoring a shortcut into the upper canyon via Beverly-Turnpike or Ingalls Way Trails, which allow quicker access to the “best” part of the hike. But the lower portion of the trail, though lacking in sublime views, has its own rewards. Wildflowers are everywhere along the trail in early season; fall colors are spectacular. Throw in a few waterfalls and some impressive mountain views, and you have a hike that deserves your attention.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 31
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best late spring for first few miles, summer and fall for upper trail
Trailhead Elevation: 1,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Blewett, Enchantment Lakes, Mount Stuart; Green Trails 210 (Liberty), 209 (Mount Stuart)
Driving Directions: Directions to Ingalls Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2009
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We really enjoyed this beautiful hike. Early June is a wonderful time of year to see the wildflowers. We hiked in to about a half-mile past the Falls Creek Campground. The trail is generally in excellent condition, with a few muddy areas and some areas of overgrowth. The hike is beautiful, and the frequent glimpses of the peaks soaring above us were astounding.



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