Lake Ingalls

Cle Elum, Washington 98922

Lake Ingalls

Lake Ingalls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Lake Ingalls Reviews

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8/3/2009
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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Trail Information

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

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Jul 2018