Ingalls Creek, Alpine Lake Wilderness, WA
We spent 2 nights at Ingalls Creek camping about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. One day we took a day hike up Cascade Creek Trail to County Line Trail and back down Falls Creek Trail. The total loop hike was roughly 15 miles with a total elevation gain and decent of approximately 3,000 ft in 2 miles each way that’s steep! Cascade Creek Trail was hard to follow at some points and we ended up straying away from the trail and had to scramble up a steep rocky side. Another couple we met on the trail did the same thing there was a bit of rejoicing when we all made it to the top of the ridge.
Sooty Grouse -1 (I wasn’t sure on the id, since it was badly lit and high above us on a open rocky slope, hidden by some alpine trees, but it seems to be habitat for Sooty Grouse, perhaps a little too open for Spruce)
Belted Kingfisher -1
Empidonax sp. - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Townsend’s Solitaire -1
American Dipper - 3 immature
Other Critter List
Gopher Snake (?) it was roughly 4 inches long with the body patterning of a gopher snake, but it had a black head. We didn’t get a good picture of it before it slithered away.
Western Fence Lizard
Cascade Frog & tadpoles
Mountain Bog Gentian
Located: Alpine Lake Wilderness, managed by the
Directions: North of I-90, North of Blewett Pass (Hwy-97), turn west onto
Information on the trail and surrounding/joint trails