Monday, May 6, 2013

KUOW Hike- Ingalls Creek- Lake Chelan Echo Ridge

Updated Tuesday May 7, 2013
This first hike is north of Blewett Pass (US 97) in between Cle Elum and on the way to Lake Chelan. Flowers-Flowers-Flowers and snow-free for at least 4 miles. After this continue on to Lake  Chelan for the next day for  a hike and some wine- after you hike!!
Glacier Lily @ Alan Bauer
Bring your Green Trails Maps- One of the 10 essentials

Check out maps. This hike is 210 on our map

Ingalls Creek @ Alan Bauer

Michael Fagin next to giant Ponderosa Pine @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions (thanks Alan Bauer): From Seattle I-90 east , exit 85/US-97. Drive to Blewett Pass, then 14 miles north of Blewett Pass turn left on Ingalls Creek Road. Drive Ingalls Creek Road 1.1 mile to roads end at trail head.
Trail stats (thanks Alan Bauer): USFS Pass required. Start elevation 1950', 3.25 miles in at 2900', four miles in is 3100' start to get patchy snow. Directions are the best estimates that we have so please bring map and compass and/or GPS.

Next to Lake Chelan- Chelan Butte first stop
One can hike or drive up this road; we took our 4 wheel drive.
Views from the top towards Lake Chelan @ Mike Mahoney.
Plenty of wildflowers to view.
Directions to Butte: From Hwy 97 Alt, at milepost 232.2, turn southwest onto Chelan Butte Rd. Drive 1.3 miles on paved road changing to gravel. Drive another 2 miles to “Y” junction, turn left and continue 1 mile to top of butte .
Next stop to Echo Ridge- The Shoe

At The Shoe Trailhead click above for trail map

Hiker resting among pines and Balsome Root flowers
Open views are typical on this trail
Directions to trail: From Chelan go west on State Route 150 then about 2 miles outside of town turn right on Boyd Road. Drive 4.5 miles and then turn right on Cooper Gulch Road. Continue 2.9 miles to pavement end. Follow gravel road 1.7 miles to trail. Trail stats: 2.25 miles on a loop route 325 foot gain.

Wine tasting in Lake Chelan is a must!!

After hike Michael checked out the wines at Hard Row to Hoe

Lots of great Wine in Lake Chelan AVA

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