Lake Ingalls

Leavenworth, Washington 98826

Lake Ingalls

Lake Ingalls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cradled in a high, barren basin beneath the rocky façade of Ingalls Peak, Lake Ingalls is a sight to behold. When its icy waters lie calm, capturing re?ections of the sheer rock face of 9415-foot Mount Stuart—one of the highest non-volcanic peaks in the state—the view is striking.

When surrounding alpine larches set the basin aglow in gold, the scene is simply spellbinding. One of the most popular hikes in the Teanaway country, Lake Ingalls is a gorgeous place indeed."

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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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." Read more

Lake Ingalls Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best July through October
Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Cle Elum Ranger District, Cle Elum
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Alpine Lakes East Stuart Range No. 208S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018