Ingalls Peak/South Peak


Alpine Scramble - Ingalls South Peak

Scramble South Ingalls before it gets too hot over there.

  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • Pace: Over 60 - Moderate

Meet me at 6:30 AM the “East Sunset Trailhead” parking lot in Issaquah. It is 100 yards south of I-90 at exit #18.  The address is 665 E Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA   47.52996,-122.02562   We will carpool from there to the trailhead.  It's a pretty long drive, so figure $20 for carpooling assuming 3-4 people per car

If you are coming up SR-18, we can meet you in North Bend.  Contact me 2 days before the trip to let me know and I will provide details.

Note that a NW Forest Pass is required for parking at this trailhead.

From the Esmeralda Trailhead we will hike north over Ingalls Pass, follow the main trail to "Headlight Creek".  We will ascend NW from there to the gap between the north & south peaks.  This section is the highlight of the trip.  There are huge boulders and slabs with nice clean rock.  From the 7300'+ gap, we then turn south and ascend South Ingalls.

From the summit we descend the south side to the ridge with Fortune.  We might go over to Fortune if everybody needs extra exercise, but most likely we will descend to the Ingalls Pass trail and return the way we hiked up.

Gaia Route


- To reduce pack weight, I'm planning on stashing a quart of water near where we will return to the main trail.  There might be a creek to filter water, but don't count on it.

- I'm not planning on stopping on the way back for a dinner.  My wild-ass guess is we will be back in Issaquah at 7:30 PM

- In the event of wet conditions on Ingalls, this trip will be changed to a "hike" in the North Bend area.  Destination decided by the folks that still want to come.


Ingalls Peak/South Peak

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    USGS Mount Stuart
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Helmet
  • Mountaineering Boots
  • Ice Axe.  There might be snow near the gap.
  • Scramble harness if this is your first T3 rock scramble.  Unlikely we will need to use a rope.
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