Backpack - Ingalls Creek


Backpack - Ingalls Creek

Overnight B3 backpack along Ingalls Creek in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Classic river valley hike of easy - moderate difficulty (1450’ of elevation gain over 5.5 miles) with wildflowers and views of the Stuart Range peaks. Good choice for beginning backpackers or those looking for an early season break-in.

  • Fri, Jun 17, 2016 — Sat, Jun 18, 2016
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Retired Rovers, Adults, Singles, 20-30 Somethings
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft


Though open to all qualified Mountaineers members over 18, this backpack is offered in conjunction with the Backpacking Building Blocks course and will include an extra component of planning and demonstration/instruction during the trip.

We will be hiking along the Ingalls Creek Trail (#1215) with a goal of reaching Falls Creek, 5-5 miles, 1450’ of elevation gain. Recent trip reports indicate that there are issues with downed trees beyond about 4 miles, so we will go as far as is reasonable. There are numerous camp sites along the creek, so we will not be under pressure to make any specific distance. Ingalls Creek is known for wildflowers, I expect that the spring show will be mostly past, but hope to hit the early summer flowers, we will keep our eyes open for tiger lilies, columbine, and possibly lady slippers. Since we will be on the east side of the mountains, we will need to be aware of ticks and rattlesnakes. There have also been reports of equipment being chewed by aggressive rodents in camp (the “snafflehounds” of the Stuart Range are world-renowned among climbers).

This trip will be dog friendly, I will be bringing my 3 year old Springer Spaniel. If you would like to bring a dog, please let me know.


Ingalls Creek

  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

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

    USGS Mount Stuart

    Green Trails Liberty No. 210

    USGS Liberty
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
Trip Reports