Ingalls Creek

Cle Elum, Washington 98922

Ingalls Creek

Ingalls Creek Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Ingalls Creek Reviews

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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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Trail Information

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

Activity Feed

Aug 2018