Ascent of Ingalls Peak - South Peak on 2020-09-09

Climber: Peter Dygert

Date:Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ingalls Peak - South Peak
    Elevation:7640 ft / 2328 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail up from the parking lot to Ingalls Pass and Ingalls Lake beyond is well graded and maintained and goes quickly albeit with some steady climbing. From the south end of Lake Ingalls we picked a route up to the saddle between Ingalls and South Ingalls aiming for a "tooth" that marked the spot. From the saddle the ridge run straight up to the top of South Ingalls looked a little hairy so we dropped over the saddle a bit and scrambled up several gullies to gain the flank of the Peak that is a couple of hundred feet below the summit - a good time for first lunch. From there it is an easy walk-up to the top. The long ridge run from Ingalls to Fortune includes a fair bit of handsie-footsie rock scramble with some in the T4 and approaching T5 variety. There were lots of micro scale route choices along the way to keep the trip interesting. There are several options for our return to the cars from the top of Fortune. One way goes west to pick up the main trail just south of Lake Ann. An alternative is to just follow the ridge back to Ingalls Pass. We took a tweener route following the ridge back toward Ingalls Pass, but then dropping off the ridge to the right at about 7000 ft. We traversed the ridge passing above Lake Camp Fire Girls connecting back with the Ingalls Pass trail at about 6200 ft. The weather was shirt sleeve cool. The views were a bit hazy from the fires, but still much clearer than they might have been. This was a fun route and a great day out.
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