Lake Ingalls

A strenuous, 9-mile round trip day hike with 2,600 feet of elevation gain in the Teanaway area. The trail heads up through alpine meadows to a beautiful lake basin.

Getting There

Drive I-90 to ~1 mile east of Cle Elum, then drive northeast on SR-970  past the Teanaway River Bridge and turn left on Teanaway River Road. Continue 23 miles to the road end parking area at 4,243 ft, ~1 mile beyond the DeRoux Campground (3,900 ft). Car camping is available at the DeRoux Campground and other campgrounds on the Teanaway River Road.

On the Trail

Lake Ingalls (6,500 ft)

9.0 miles round trip, 2,600 feet of elevation gain

Hike up the old miner's road toward Esmeralda Basin. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto the Ingalls Way Trail and begin climbing through thinning forests. At 2 miles, turn left to stay on the Ingalls Way Trail and hike to Kale Ingalls. Enjoy and up-close view of Ingalls Peak and a spectacular view of Mount Stuart.

Longs Pass (6,250 ft)

5.0 miles round trip, 2,100 feet of elevation gain

Hike up the old miner's road toward Esmeralda Basin. In 0.3 mile, turn right onto the Ingalls Way Trail and begin climbing through thinning forests. At 2 miles, turn right onto the Longs Pass Trail and climb steeply up rocky switchbacks with deteriorating tread that can be very hot in the sun. A herd of mountain goats lives in the vicinity of the pass, and  a sign at the trailhead indicates they are habituated to humans. The view of Mount Stuart from the pass is spectacular.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • 6,500 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209
  • USGS Mount Stuart
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Lake Ingalls

Day Hiking Trip
Hike to a beautiful alpine lake in larch season.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Oct 7, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Oct 3
Foothills Branch

Seattle Junior MAC Hike - Lake Ingalls

Youth & Day Hiking Youth activity: Junior MAC
Join us for a day of hiking!
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Oct 22, 2022
Prerequisites
4 participants 0 instructors 2 chaperones
Registration closes Oct 20
Seattle Branch
Tom Knee
Qualified Youth Leader

Backpack - Lake Ingalls

Backpacking Trip
Late season overnight to Ingalls Lake.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Nov 5, 2022 - Sun, Nov 6, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Nov 3
Foothills Branch
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  • Longs Pass
  • Longs Pass & Lake Ingalls
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