Last Saturday as I loaded my bike in the car for a day trip to the Stevens Pass Bike Park, I decided to run back inside and pack an overnight pack just in case I got inspired to spend the night outside. As the fog broke on our day of biking, I was duly inspired and decided to drive across Blewett Pass and spend the night at Ingalls Pass, a quick but potent backpacking option.
I camped on a rock ledge at Ingalls Pass, waking in the middle of the night to shoot some full moon shots. I woke again at 4:30 to make my way to the shores of Ingalls Lake where I shot long exposures in the pre dawn hours. The rest of the day was spent relaxing by the lake and in a leisurely hike back to the car. Only 24 hours of wilderness time, but immensely refreshing nonetheless. The conditions could not have been better for backpacking; and on that note, I’m off to pack my gear for another outing, this time in the North Cascades. Happy weekend!
Mount Stuart reflected in Lake Ingalls illuminated by a full moon in the hours before dawn.
Long exposure of Mt. Stuart and Ingalls lake before dawn.
Light playing on the shoreline and waters of Lake Ingalls.
Ripples in the water reflecting the sun.
The magical landscape of Lake Ingalls at the base of Mt. Stuart in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington.
Eastern Washington forest fires pushing smoke up the valleys below Mt. Stuart.
Three backlit larch trees in Headlight Basin in the Alpine Lakes wilderness.
Orange larch trees and a snag against a perfect fall sky in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Self portrait from an amazing night of camping under a full moon on Ingalls Pass.