Lake Ingalls

HARD 75 reviews
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Lake Ingalls is a 9.5 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3149 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
6 days ago

The ridge line and meadow was my favorite part, with all the beautiful golden Larches in full display.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Stumbled upon this by mistake. We planned another hike, but was closed off due to fires. This definitely is a moderate hike. Uphill nearly all the way for about 3 miles. The views up the side are nice! Once over the ridge, you have two paths to the lake. We took the shorter path down to set up camp. These views were even better! The next day we did the one mile hike to the lake - then my breath was taken away (and not just from hiking!). The lake is surreal. Definitely go to the left around the lake to the far side. You don't want to miss that!
Hiking back from the lake we found plenty of spots for water. Still - we filtered most of it.
The last day, we hiked up and then the 3 miles down hill.
So very happy we came here! Would absolutely come again!

backpacking
1 month ago

Nice view

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

camping
2 months ago

Spectacular setting once you crest Ingalls pass. It's a bummer the road is closed 1 mi from the trailhead (no good reason), but maybe it keeps (some of) the crowds away. Headlight basin is a spectacular spot to camp as well (as many know).

2 months ago

Awesome awesome views. Not much more to say. Pictures really don't do it justice.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike, hit this beautiful Alpine lake along our way to Climb the South Ridge of Ingalls Peak! The lake is worth the trip on it's own!!!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Great hike!