Ingalls Creek


Backpack - Ingalls Creek

2 night backpack trip. Saturday (the middle day) we'll check out Lake Ingalls and other awesome sights nearby

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,450 ft

We'll carpool, including from Issaquah.


One nice thing about Ingalls Creek is that there's a lot of flexibility. There's campsites every mile or so, so we can pick one depending on energy levels and timing. I'd like to get as close to Ingalls Lake as possible but we'll see how we do. I anticipate going in about 11 miles or so, for at most 2300 feet of elevation gain. Then on the middle day we'll head up to Stuart Pass for the views and/or Longs Pass and/or Lake Ingalls, depending on how everyone's doing. That will mean about 2100 feet more elevation  gain and 3.5 miles each way at least, which should be very practical with light packs. More if people are up for it.

A possible bonus is that we could make a quick stop by Red Top Lookout on the way home.


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
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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
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