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Ingalls Creek

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
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Length

14.4 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 1450 ft.
Highest Point: 3450 ft.

Rating

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WTA worked here: 2018
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

The Ingalls Creek Trail features a variety of scenery that includes big pines, boulder fields, granite cliffs, old-growth and occasional views of the mighty Stuart Range. The primary attraction in late spring is the proliferation of wildflowers, some of which are uncommon. Be prepared for the cool breezes that flow down the valley, and carry an extra layer.

The trail is an excellent day hike and a good place to spend the night, especially if you plan to hike the entire trail, which leads to Stuart Pass (16 miles one way) and beyond. There are many excellent sites for resting or camping beside the creek — but you'll have to wait until the snow melts before attempting to reach higher elevations via this trail.

There is a gravel bar at Falls Creek, some roughed-in campsites, and a log that tempts crossing. This can be extremely dangerous during high runoff in springtime, and should be forded only during the summer months. If you want to see more beyond Falls Creek, continue up the Ingalls Creek Trail two miles and 300 feet to Cascade Creek, snow permitting.

The Ingalls Creek Trail is best enjoyed by hiking slowly in both directions and looking along the trail carefully for small flowers and fungi — but do look up and around at times because you may see elk in spring.

It is possible to follow the Ingalls Creek trail all the way up-valley, for a total distance of 14.4 miles one way. Multiple trail junctions along the way invite loop hikes and further exploration. Grab a map to plot your next trip to Ingalls Creek!

 

Ingalls Creek

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4628, -120.6732 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass

Ingalls Creek (#1215)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes by Vicky Spring

Ira Spring & Harvey Manning (Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Enchantments No. 209S map

Buy the Green Trails Liberty No. 210 map

Getting There

From Cle Elum take Highway 970 east for 7 miles to Highway 97. Go north topping Blewett Pass. At milepost 178, turn left onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek, bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.

From Leavenworth, take Highway 2 east for 4 miles, then take a right onto Highway 97S and proceed for 7 miles before taking a right onto Ingalls Creek Road. Cross Peshastin Creek and bear left. The trailhead is at the road's end.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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