Trip Report    

Alpine Scramble - South Ingalls and Fortune Peak

Great views of the Mount Stuart and the Teanaways - lots of route finding and lots of challenging up and down rock scrambling.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • The trail up from the parking lot to Ingalls Pass and Ingalls Lake beyond is well graded and maintained and goes quickly albeit with some steady climbing.  From the south end of Lake Ingalls  we picked a route up to the saddle between Ingalls and South Ingalls aiming for a  "tooth"  that marked the spot. From the saddle the ridge run straight up  to the top of South Ingalls looked a little hairy so we  dropped over the saddle a bit and scrambled up several gullies to gain the flank  of the Peak that is a couple of hundred feet below the summit -  a good time for first lunch. From there it is an easy walk-up to the top.  The long ridge run from Ingalls to Fortune includes a fair bit of  handsie-footsie rock scramble  with some in the T4 and approaching T5 variety.There were lots of micro scale route choices along the way to keep the trip interesting.  There are several options for our return to the cars from the top of Fortune. One way goes west to pick up the main trail just south of Lake Ann. An alternative is to just follow the ridge back to Ingalls Pass. We took a tweener route following the ridge back toward Ingalls Pass, but then dropping off the ridge to the right at about 7000 ft. We traversed the ridge passing above Lake Camp Fire Girls  (where does that name come from?) connecting back with the Ingalls Pass trail at about 6200 ft.  The weather was shirt sleeve cool. The views were a bit hazy from the fires, but still much clearer than they might have been.  This was a fun route and a great day out.