Best day hike in the Pacific Northwest


A deep blue, ice cold tarn in a glacier-scrubbed, polished brown rock basin below the red-slab cliffs of 7,700-foot Ingalls Peak. And, looming over the lake are the white granite walls of 9,500-foot Mt. Stuart.

It’s always a place of memories. The old cowboy summitted Mt. Stuart in the late 1930’s.

I’ve hiked, hunted and fished in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness many times, beginning as a kid.

But of all the destinations, Ingalls Lake is the best.

Ingalls Lake

Ingalls Lake

Mountain Goat Kid

Mountain Goat Kid

Hikers on the last stretch to Ingalls Lake

Hikers on the last stretch to Ingalls Lake

Young Hoary Marmot

Young Hoary Marmot

Elephant-head Lousewort

Elephant-head Lousewort

White-bark Pine surviving at 7,000 feet

White-bark Pine surviving at 7,000 feet

Mount Rainier in early morning light on the trail to Ingalls Pass

Mount Rainier in early morning light on the trail to Ingalls Pass

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Hoary Marmot

Hoary Marmot

Bluebell

Bluebell

My pack and poles

My pack and poles

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Mt. Stuart

Mt. Stuart

Ingalls Peak

Ingalls Peak

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2 comments

  1. Love the closeups of the goats. Were you as close as it seems or was that a telephoto lens?

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