Ingalls Way Trail #1390

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Ingalls Way Trail begins at Trail #1394 and ends at Ingalls Creek Trail #1215 within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

At a Glance

Fees $5/Vehicle/day or Recreation Pass required. Discover Pass is not valid on National Forest lands.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are required. The self-issuing permits are free and available at trailhead. An overnight reservation permit is required from June 15 to October 15 for entry to the unique Enchantments Area
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Hiker only. Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)  No dogs allowed. Camping is prohibited within 0.5 mile of Ingalls lake. Use the designated sites in Headlight basin. Do not camp on vegation such as the fragile meadows. Campfires and dogs are prohibited. Water is scarce along this trail.
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Esmerelda trailhead.
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100

General Information

Directions:

From  Cle Elum, WA  follow WA-903/W for 2 miles. Continue straight onto WA-10/WA-970 and follow for 6.5 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road North Fork and follow for 13 miles. Then stay right on Forest Road 9737 and follow for about 9.6 miles to the Esmeralda trailhead.


General Notes:
DESCRIPTION: From its junction with trail 1394, this trail heads uphill through forest for about 1 mile until it switchbacks up through open meadow and scattered trees to a junction with Longs Pass Trail 1229. Past this junction, the trail crosses a small basin and begins climbing steeply towards the ridgetop through an area of rock, scattered small trees, and patchy meadows. Views of the surrounding country get better as the trail heads up. From the ridgetop there are excellent views of surrounding peaks, including Mount Stuart. The trail then crosses the ridge at the wilderness boundary and enters the Leavenworth Ranger District. At this point an upper trail traverses Headlight Basin as the most direct route towards Ingalls Lake, whereas the lower trail, which has more campsites, is less direct but rejoins the upper trail before the lake. Near the lake, the trail heads steeply uphill through rocks, over a rocky ridge and ends at the lake. A scramble around the west side of the lake will rejoin a trail that traverses to Stuart Pass which is the termini of the Ingalls Creek and Jack Creek trails.

Parking:

Parking available at Esmerelda Trailhead.


Activities


Hiking

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