Rock Climbing in Ingalls Peak: South Ridge Climb, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Top elevation:
Skill level required:
grade II, class 5,2
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Ingalls Peaks are located in the Stuart Range of the North Cascades. The mountain has three peaks, with the North Peak being the highest. The top elevation of the South Ridge stands at 7662 ft/2335 m and is suitable for climbing, from June to October.

The skill level required for this climb is grade II, class 5,2 to 5,6 – suitable for intermediate and advanced rock climbers. In order to reach Ingalls South Ridge, take the Esmeralda/Longs Pass Trail until the end of it. The climbing route is short and rough with not very long pitches, but is perfect for alpine rock climbing. Once you reach the top, the view of the surrounding mountains and lakes is breathtaking.

To descent, just rappel the North Peak route down. Ingalls South Ridge climb is a rewarding and popular destination for rock climbers. Take a small rack with chocks and cams, a 196 ft/60 m rope, helmet and if you visit the mountain in early season, an ice axe and crampons might be handy for you.

How to Get to Destination

145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
66.6mi/107km, 1hour and 29mins
From N Wenatchee Ave continue towards US-2 W/US-97 S, turn left on US-97 S, continue on WA-970 W, turn right on Teanaway River Rd and follow "North Fork Teanaway" signs for 23 miles to the road-end at the trailhead parking lot
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.


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