Mount Stuart/West Ridge


Day Hike - Mount Stuart/West Ridge

A larch lollipop past Lake Ingalls to Ingalls Creek, with a side trip partially up the west flank of Mt Stuart, and returning via Ingalls Creek and Longs Pass. Please see leader notes.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,520 ft
  • Pace: 1.75-2 MPH average moving speed, slower in the boulder field

Meet at the Esmeralda Basin/Ingalls Lake trailhead at 8:00am.

I will need someone to pick me up at the East Sunset Way trailhead in Issaquah at 6:00 (it is 200 feet off of I-90, exit 18).

I have never been beyond Lake Ingalls, but from what I have read it is not too difficult or dangerous. The boulder field by the lake and bootpaths beyond the lake are as easy or easier than Knapsack Pass or the Enchantments loop. At least in the boulder field, you will probably be using your hands at times. You must be comfortable with this sort of hiking (write me if you have uncertainty and I can probably help you make that determination based on hikes we have both been on). 

Here is the route   Notes - We will take the yellow/ridge route if it is reasonable. We will take all of the green line/route if it is reasonable. I do not like exposure to falls, so we will not do anything beyond a safe bootpath. For the green portion, participants will have the option to wait at the bottom of this, or at any point along the way, to wait while the rest of the group continues (it is only .7 miles long, it will not be too much of a wait.

The 13 mile length and 5000' is the total if we get to the end of the green line. 


Mount Stuart/West Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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