Mountain To Town Hike: Lake Ingalls

POSTED BY JOHANNA HENDRICKSON | NOVEMBER, 25 2018

  • Where: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
  • Distance: 9 Miles Out & Back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Dogs: Not Allowed
  • Other: If the trailhead is full, park ONLY on the west side of the road (it is signed "Parking This Side Only") to allow safe traffic flow.

The Lake Ingalls trail is a 9 mile, 2500 foot gain hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is a good day hike in the summertime, and can even be a good fall/winter hike in the right conditions with appropriate gear. The trail splits off in several places, but as long as you follow the sign for Ingalls Lake, you should have no trouble finding it as it is a fairly well-trafficked hike. Along the way, you might see evidence of mountain goats and pikas. We saw goat tracks in the snow, and heard the ever so charming call of the pika. We were lucky enough to see one up close and snap some pictures.

We did not make it all the way to the lake on this trip, as the snow had gotten deep and icy in the last mile. Some people who had equipment such as ice axes and microspikes went past us and descended into the basin. We may have been able to follow in their fresh tracks, but we decided we didn’t need to test out our new shoes THAT heavily. Luckily, we were able to reach a beautiful summit, with views in all directions of Mount Stuart, Ingalls Peak, and even Mt. Rainier.

We weren’t sure what to expect with the Mountain to Town shoes, as we were taking them on a somewhat ambitious day hike and had not broken them in yet. They were a bit stiff at first, but as the hike progressed they formed to our feet perfectly and we forgot we were even wearing new shoes. What we were most impressed with was their traction on the slippery snow. Both my friend Shelby and I can be a bit clumsy at times, and have slipped and fallen in situations much less daunting than the snowy Ingalls Trail. The shoes kept our feet steady, dry, and warm as we trekked up to the summit as though the ice didn’t even exist! On the way back down, we experienced a small bit of discomfort in our arches, but it was an intense hike and for brand new shoes, we were both really impressed by how well they performed.

After the hike we headed into Seattle to first stop at Cafe Pettiroso, an adorable cafe in Capitol Hill that has a breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner menu. They also have a pastry case, cater, and bake cakes to order. We grabbed a cocktail there and sat out on the patio, enjoying the sunset and newly put up christmas lights on the street. Afterwards, we headed off to Ballard to grab dinner at El Borracho, a mexican restaurant that has a little something for everyone. Shelby is vegan (another thing she loved about the shoes!) and grabbed some cashew cheese queso with chips and salsa, as well as a margarita. Meanwhile, I was looking over their large menu, with such a variety of options and prices, and decided to get a small taco, which was super delicious and a great price.

Overall, it was a beautiful day spent in amazing places, both in the outdoors and in the city! The shoes did exactly what they were designed for, and I am happy to report that they will probably be my go-to now for days such as these.

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Johanna Hendrickson

Johanna Hendrickson is an artist and photographer homegrown on the Olympic Peninsula. She has lived in Port Angeles, Olympia, and is a recent transplant in Bellingham. Washington is home and always will be, but she has a fervent affection for traveling and seeing new places, so she is often on the move.

Mountain To Town Hike: Lake Ingalls

BY JOHANNA HENDRICKSON | 11/25/2018

  • Where: Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington
  • Distance: 9 Miles Out & Back
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Dogs: Not Allowed
  • Other: If the trailhead is full, park ONLY on the west side of the road (it is signed "Parking This Side Only") to allow safe traffic flow.

The Lake Ingalls trail is a 9 mile, 2500 foot gain hike in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is a good day hike in the summertime, and can even be a good fall/winter hike in the right conditions with appropriate gear. The trail splits off in several places, but as long as you follow the sign for Ingalls Lake, you should have no trouble finding it as it is a fairly well-trafficked hike. Along the way, you might see evidence of mountain goats and pikas. We saw goat tracks in the snow, and heard the ever so charming call of the pika. We were lucky enough to see one up close and snap some pictures.

We did not make it all the way to the lake on this trip, as the snow had gotten deep and icy in the last mile. Some people who had equipment such as ice axes and microspikes went past us and descended into the basin. We may have been able to follow in their fresh tracks, but we decided we didn’t need to test out our new shoes THAT heavily. Luckily, we were able to reach a beautiful summit, with views in all directions of Mount Stuart, Ingalls Peak, and even Mt. Rainier.

We weren’t sure what to expect with the Mountain to Town shoes, as we were taking them on a somewhat ambitious day hike and had not broken them in yet. They were a bit stiff at first, but as the hike progressed they formed to our feet perfectly and we forgot we were even wearing new shoes. What we were most impressed with was their traction on the slippery snow. Both my friend Shelby and I can be a bit clumsy at times, and have slipped and fallen in situations much less daunting than the snowy Ingalls Trail. The shoes kept our feet steady, dry, and warm as we trekked up to the summit as though the ice didn’t even exist! On the way back down, we experienced a small bit of discomfort in our arches, but it was an intense hike and for brand new shoes, we were both really impressed by how well they performed.

After the hike we headed into Seattle to first stop at Cafe Pettiroso, an adorable cafe in Capitol Hill that has a breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner menu. They also have a pastry case, cater, and bake cakes to order. We grabbed a cocktail there and sat out on the patio, enjoying the sunset and newly put up christmas lights on the street. Afterwards, we headed off to Ballard to grab dinner at El Borracho, a mexican restaurant that has a little something for everyone. Shelby is vegan (another thing she loved about the shoes!) and grabbed some cashew cheese queso with chips and salsa, as well as a margarita. Meanwhile, I was looking over their large menu, with such a variety of options and prices, and decided to get a small taco, which was super delicious and a great price.

Overall, it was a beautiful day spent in amazing places, both in the outdoors and in the city! The shoes did exactly what they were designed for, and I am happy to report that they will probably be my go-to now for days such as these.

Want To Snag A Pair?

Johanna Hendrickson

Johanna Hendrickson is an artist and photographer homegrown on the Olympic Peninsula. She has lived in Port Angeles, Olympia, and is a recent transplant in Bellingham. Washington is home and always will be, but she has a fervent affection for traveling and seeing new places, so she is often on the move.

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