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Ingalls Creek

Departure: April 18, 2015
Return: April 19, 2015
Total Nights:  1
Distance: 6.5 Miles to Falls Creek Trail (one way)
Elevation Change: ~1400 ft, starting at 2000 ft steady climb to 3400

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Ingalls Creek near Leavenworth at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.  We arrived early with just a couple of cars already at the trailhead.  The trail was a narrow single-line foot path that steadily climbs along Ingalls Creek.  The creek itself flows at a bottom of a steep canyon.

Our hike started at 2000 ft of elevation on a clear sunny day. The troop kept a good pace on this steady moderate climb.  Midway our journey we stopped at some huge boulders to eat some snacks and to rest.  There were some snow patches on these boulders and acted as an air conditioning.  This was very refreshing spot since there was not a single cloud on the blue sky above on this warm day.

The 1st year scouts did a great job at keeping up with the pace even though this was their first hike for many of them.  First hikes are always hard since we are not always used to carrying our packs and getting used to their equipment.

After 6.5 miles of hiking and 1400 feet of elevation change, we arrived to the Falls Creek Trail campground.  All 19 of us (12 scouts plus 7 adults) were tired sweaty and sore.  A quick dip into the cold waters of Ingalls Creek was a welcome refresher.  The cold water really does the trick at relieving the muscle aches and soreness.

Exploring at the campground we found a lone marked grave.  Who would have thought that there would be a grave out there?  It belonged to Fred Ericson, 1886-1924.  Upon further research on the internet, we found out that presumably there are 5 to 10 marked graves in the general area.  Fred Ericson, died on these mountains what appears to be a skiing accident.  He was a good friend of John Walden, who built the original Ingalls Creek Lodge on Ingalls Creek. Walden had a psychic tell him where to find the body.

The return was a steady downhill trek which made for sore toes. None the less, this was a great hike!

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