Lake Ingalls

Saturday, September 14, 2002:  Buddy, Harley, and I head to Lake Ingalls, a popular trail north of Cle Elum and very close to Mount Stuart.  Lake Ingalls seems to be a popular base camping site for Mount Stuart.

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PICT0748: We had to park 1/2 mile from the trailhead because the parking lot at the trailhead was packed full.  This was at about 3900 FASL at 2:15 PM.

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PICT0749: Near the trailhead, Buddy takes a drink in the North Fork Teanaway River.

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PICT0750: Harley takes a drink from the Teanaway.

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PICT0751: The trailhead at 4200 FASL.  We're ready to continue up the trail at 2:45 PM.

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PICT0752: At 4:30, We come over a pass at the county boundary and get our first look at Mount Stuart.  Beautiful.  We're at about 6500 FASL here.  From here, the trail goes down 500 feet and then back up to Lake Ingalls also at about 6500 FASL.

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PICT0753: At 5:30, we've made it to Lake Ingalls!  Looking North.

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PICT0754: Looking east at Mount Stuart.

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PICT0755: Going for a swim.

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PICT0756: Wet dogs.

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PICT0757: Dogless picture of Mount Stuart from Lake Ingalls.

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PICT0758: Looking north across the lake.

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PICT0759: Closeup of the top of Stuart.  The peak is about 8000 feet east and 3000 feet up from the camera.

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PICT0760: Midup of Stuart.  Can someone point out the "Dog route" to me?

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PICT0761: Dog.

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PICT0762: Another dog.

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PICT0764: Group photo at the lake.

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PICT0766: That's Ingalls Peak towering over Lake Ingalls.

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PICT0768: Buddy boy.  The trail down from the lake was behind buddy -- it was quite steep in places, but the dogs had no problems.

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PICT0769: There were lots of Marmots (whistle pigs) along the trail, and boy did they whistle!  Buddy and Harley noticed a few of them and gave chase.  Here, they had just chased a marmot under a rock.

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PICT0770: Picture of a Marmot that the dogs hadn't spotted yet.

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PICT0774: Below the pass and the lake, there was a meadow with some nice camping spots.  This picture was taken near that area.

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PICT0776: Headed back to the pass.

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PICT0778: Mount Stuart again.

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PICT0779: Looking East from the pass.  Navaho peak.

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PICT0783: Crossing back over the county line pass; leaving the wilderness area.

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PICT0784: We saw an incredible sunset while on the trail back down to the truck.

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PICT0785: Another shot of the sunset.

When we returned to the trailhead, it was pretty dark.  I noticed the parking lot was still quite full.  Apparently most people were doing a multi-day trip.