"This sunny, south-facing ridge rises above a lunar-like basin of weird red rock. The peak offers views right into the huge flank of Mount Stuart, which towers majestically just across Ingalls Creek to the east. Ingalls Peak makes an outstanding day climb (or alternative destination when foul weather cancels out a bigger climb elsewhere in the range). Because summer comes early to the area, the climbing season is long, making the peak a good climb early in the season. The approach, characterized by straightforward hiking on good trails, is part of Ingalls Peak’s appeal.
The only caveat to the climber is to beware hot days: the approach is fully exposed to summer sun, so start early. Pass, then down into the basin holding Ingalls Lake and a chaos of boulders and broken rock. A short hike and scramble lead to the base of the three-pitch South Ridge. This short but pleasant climb ascends obvious, easy cracks in sound rock; the mid-5th-class route is more face climb than ridge climb. The climb is so much fun that, once on top, some climbers are tempted to rope down and do it once more before hiking out. Equipment: Small rack to 2 inches."