Trip Report    

Ingalls Peak/South Ridge

Hot, sunny, beautiful climb up Ingalls with some snow above the pass.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Some snow encountered between Ingalls Pass and the pond and during the final gully scramble above Lake Ingalls; snow covered about 25-30% of the route from Ingalls Pass to the notch at the start of the rock climb. Snow coverage and depth varied and folks punched through a few times. After Lake Ingalls, we kept left and scrambled up mostly on rock until about 7,100 ft. Managed reasonably well without crampons or microspikes and with some folks in trail runners. 

    Water was flowing at:

    • 2 points up the initial switchbacks from the parking lot to Ingalls Pass
    • the pond approx. 0.5 mi NW of Ingalls Pass
    • 2 spots between Lake Ingalls and the notch

We started just after 5am to maximize cooler morning temps and returned 14 h 40 m later. As forecasted, it was hot (highs in the 70s) and sunny all day, so we took several breaks to fill up water and cool off in the shade. Folks drank approx. 4-5L during the day. Powdered sports drink and electrolytes plus multiple water filters were essential. Pro tip for hot & sunny days like these from Barton: leave 0.5 L in the snow at the base of the rock climb for the return; we were all jealous of his ice cold sports drink! For ropes, we used 2 x 70m and 1 x 60m. Rappels: 60m used to descend 4th pitch, 2 x 70m used for pitches 2-3, 1 x 70m for pitch 1.

Goat near the pond


Looking down at Lake Ingalls


Views from the top



Rappelling back down