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On the bucket list of great alpine hikes in the Pacific Northwest, Ingalls Lake is a jewel.
It’s 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 dark granite walls of 9,500-foot Mt. Stuart.
On an early August day I began the 3,000-foot elevation hike. It was a cold, windy and cloudy morning. If this keeps up I thought to myself, I’m not going to see any of the amazing views nor have good light to take photos.
I was rained on at times, but the sun would break through every once in a while. And, I got a little luck. As I sat down by Ingalls Lake, the peak of Mt. Stewart broke through the clouds for a few minutes.
But no matter the weather, of all alpine destinations, Ingalls Lake remains one of my favorites.