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Lake Ingalls is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 2,893 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Rock climbing

Snowshoeing

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

Northwest Forest Pass required at Trailhead Alpine Lakes Wilderness Permit required for day use. A vault toilet available at trailhead

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Cle Elum Ranger District 803 W. 2nd Street Cle Elum, WA 98922 (509) 852-1100

From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Follow Road 9737 about 9.5 miles until it ends at the Esmeralda Trailhead where the trails to Lake Ingalls and Longs Pass begin.

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Kelsey Bumsted
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Hiking

Camped with a few friends and we kept saying to ourself in the little camping valley that it reminded us of a miniature Enchantments upper core! Grand views of Rainier and Adams on the way up + the grandeur of Stuart all evening- it was such a gorgeous day. PS - the mosquitos are all perspective. If you’re wearing a sweatshirt, hat and smart pants at night, you won’t be bothered. Bring bug spray but don’t be worried. But wise, it was totally fine!

JW ME
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HikingNo shade
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T C.
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T C.
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jacky acosta
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Hans & Melissa
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Hika Holic
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

The bugs are ripe and the goats look hot! Had an awesome time with friends, hit an extra lake and views from south peak.

Bryan Verduzco
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HikingBugsFeeNo shadeOff trailRocky

It was a great experience me and my friend left home at 6 and arrived at 8am to find parking spaces. Didn’t even need microspikes or trekking poles at all even though i have some! It’s beautiful take so much bug spray and lots of water. You will get off trail a lot! We did get off trail 4 times! It’s a beautiful view though! It looks better in person! Very recommended

Jessica Li
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Friend and I hiked Lake Ingalls for the first time... and wow, it's a butt kicker. I run several times a week and it was a bit hard for me to do. We arrived around 11am (from the Seattle area) and did not get back to the car until exactly at 6pm. The first mile and a half was mostly uphill in the shade but by the halfway point, it was all sun and no shade. We got lost once on the way up but it was not as confusing when we were trying to get back once we reached the lake. The trail is less obvious the way back than the way there. There was a lot of scrambling to the lake and very easy to get off trail when you are surrounded by rocks. We did see some mountain goats which was pretty cool. Also, bring lots of bug spray, I got bit several times. The trail says its 9 miles but I would say its a bit longer since we recorded about 12 miles roundtrip (due to going off trail a bit and taking the alternate route halfway through). Make sure to use a GPS!

Akiko Smiley
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Due to some construction we got to the trailhead around 2:00PM on a Saturday and it was completely packed. Cars were parked all along the road way creating some unsafe conditions. Out of sheer luck we were able to find a spot! It’s $5 to park for day use which is available at the trailhead sign or you can use your Northwest Forest Pass. The trail starts off at a decent incline and you should expect a steady uphill climb for the majority of the hike. Enjoy the shaded areas under the pine trees at the beginning of the hike because you will soon find yourself crossing rocky boulder fields with no shade in sight. I suggest bringing a high SPF Sunscreen and a hat. There is a small creek that crosses the trail a little less than half way up that you can soak a neck tie in that will cool you down. Soon you will start seeing meadows of beautiful wild flowers in all colors: white, purple, orange, yellow, pink, and red. The entire hike is filled with amazing views of neighboring peaks and layered valleys! You can even catch a glimpse of the very top of Mt. Rainier towards the top. Be careful navigating the very end of this hike where the trail splits off because it’s easy to lose the trail in the boulder fields. The mosquitos become evident immediately and are at their worst in the meadow just before the climb to Ingalls Lake. Bring as much bug spray as you can carry and reapply liberally to every part of your body! There were many open camping areas this weekend which surprised me. We decided to hammock camp and it took us a few stops to find some decent trees to set up between. I highly suggest bringing several layers of clothing because it will get cold overnight especially with the snow patches still present! If you are lucky you will wake up to golden mountain peaks and bleating baby mountain goats. We started our decent around 7-8AM and arrive at the trailhead around 10:30AM where it was already completely full. Someone parked right behind us on the road and it took some tricky maneuvering just to get out of the parking spot. Please, if you MUST park on the road be aware of who you may be blocking in. Or try another close by trail instead. Always have a plan B.

Maria Escola
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HikingBugs

This is a pretty tough hike, but the views, lake, wildflowers, and Mountain Goats are worth any sore muscles!! We backpacked to the meadow and stayed two nights. Lots of nice little camping spots. Unfortunately, there were LOTS of mosquitoes! Bring bug spray!! Had many goats around our campsite as we packed up to leave. Amazing!

Nuit Wanutta
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HikingBugsIcyMuddyNo shadeRocky

Saw 4 mountain goats at the lake. It took me about 5 miles one way. Some spots off trail but not too hard to find, just follow stack pf rocks.

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