Lake Ingalls

Cle Elum, Washington

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Sometimes you just want to get high— physically, not psychedelically—and the Lake Ingalls Trail lets you do that while still exploring some of the grandest wildflower displays in the Cascades. You’ll climb, descend, and climb again, crossing through no less than three distinct ecosystem types, each with its own species of wildflowers to entice and enchant you. Start out on the old miners road leading up the Teanaway Valley. Within the first 0.25 mile the wide roadbed fades to a true trail. It also splits, the path to the left heading to Esmeralda Basin and Fortune Creek Pass. Go right to start your climb out of the Teanaway Valley. You'll be hiking through the first flora stratum you'll encounter on this hike, with huckleberry bushes, a few lilies, and other lesser-known flowers, such as pipsissewa and wintergreen.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Sometimes you just want to get high— physically, not psychedelically—and the Lake Ingalls Trail lets you do that while still exploring some of the grandest wildflower displays in the Cascades. You’ll climb, descend, and climb again, crossing through no less than three distinct ecosystem types, each with its own species of wildflowers to entice and enchant you.

Start out on the old miners road leading up the Teanaway Valley. Within the first 0.25 mile the wide roadbed fades to a true trail. It also splits, the path to the left heading to Esmeralda Basin and Fortune Creek Pass.

Go right to start your climb out of the Teanaway Valley. You'll be hiking through the first flora stratum you'll encounter on this hike, with huckleberry bushes, a few lilies, and other lesser-known flowers, such as pipsissewa and wintergreen.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Best Times: July–Oct
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Stuart No. 209
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Ingalls

Recent Trail Reviews

8/3/2009
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This Hike was Awesome! The weather was good, hot, but not too bad. The views of the valleys and Mt. Stuart are amazing. The lake was absolutely gorgeous. The bouldering just before you get to the lake, and around the sides of the lake pretty fun, but I would recommend it for someone with less than sturdy legs, and a decent pair of boots. It was so good I plan to come back and camp later this season.



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Apr 2018