Ingalls Creek (May 29, 2011)

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ingalls_creek_coverConditions: Day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Blewett
Area: Wenatchee
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes
Stats: 13mi, 1602' gain (round trip)

I've never hiked Ingalls Creek before. Seems strange to say that. In hindsight...I have no idea why. I'll be back again though :)

Once again I talked Jim into a trip. This time I picked Ingalls Creek. I'm not sure what really was the genesis for this trip though.

There were lots of cars in the parking lot when we arrived. I'd heard it could be a popular trip. Hmm...

Very near the parking lot the flowers started. They never really let up the whole trip and if anything...the further we hiked...the better the flower show was. Balsam root, trillium, shooting stars, lupine....glacier lilies, Indian paintbrush, calypso orchids...yellow violets, pink currant...

Lots of places to camp along the trail, nicely spaced along the distance in. Got me thinking about a return trip in a future year and doing it as an overnight.

The grade of the trail is perfect. It was hard to believe that we gained over 2000' in the miles we hiked in. It just didn't feel like that.

Ingalls Creek is an interesting drainage. On the right (north) are views (at times) up to the Stuart Range. One the left (south) the Teanaway peaks.

At over 5mi in we reached an area where an avalanche had come down across the trail. Lots of debris littering the area. The trail was covered under a few feet of snow, rocks, tree debris and all sorts of rubble.

We reached Falls Creek Camp and continued hiking... At about 7 miles in we stopped for lunch. There were a few snow patches here but nothing serious. I found a nice rock to perch on for lunch and we had a good time soaking in the sun and views. As we were packing up some color further up the hillside caught my attention...what was that? I left the camera behind and hiked just a little bit uphill into a flatter area and OMG...I see stars! I yelled down to Jim and I grabbed my camera and went back uphill. We spend the better part of a half hour taking photos of the shooting stars, yellow bells, and buttercups all over the hillside. Finally with the photography exhausted we started our hike out.

This trail is fantastic. Great views, a beautiful and sometimes roaring Ingalls Creek, great flowers...well worth a return trip. The only question is...when...
 
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