USA: Lake Ingalls, Upper Rock Slabs, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, WA State

360° panorama by Bill Edwards.
Click the image to open the interactive version.

Snow melt runs off one of the remaining patches of snow on the rocky slabs at the foot of Ingalls Peak, on the west side of Lake Ingalls. Lake Ingalls, at 6,500 ft. elevation frames Mt. Stuart, which at 9,415’ is the highest non-volcanic peak in Washington. Fred Becky waxes eloquent in his Cascade Alpine Guide: “Without rival as the crown peak in the Central Cascades in Washington, Mt. Stuart has been pronounced the single greatest mass of (exposed) granite in the United States.” Ingalls Peak, another popular climbing destination towers over the west side of the lake. The hike to Lake Ingalls starts from a trailhead at the end of FR 9737 which is accessed by the Teanaway River Road, not far from Cle Elum, Washington. The Lake Ingalls trail is 9.0 miles round trip and has a 2,600 elevation gain. It was such a beautiful day that I took two panoramas from the west side. This is 2 of 2.

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