Snow melt runs off one of the remaining patches of snow on the rocky slabs at the foot of Ingalls Peak, on the west side of Lake Ingalls. Lake Ingalls, at 6,500 ft. elevation frames Mt. Stuart, which at 9,415’ is the second highest non-volcanic peak in Washington. Fred Becky waxes eloquent in his Cascade Alpine Guide: “Without rival as the crown peak in the Central Cascades in Washington, Mt. Stuart has been pronounced the single greatest mass of (exposed) granite in the United States.” Ingalls Peak, another popular climbing destination towers over the west side of the lake. The hike to Lake Ingalls starts from a trailhead at the end of FR 9737 which is accessed by the Teanaway River Road, not far from Cle Elum, Washington. The Lake Ingalls trail is 9.0 miles round trip and has a 2,600 elevation gain. It was such a beautiful day that I took two panoramas from the west side. This is 2 of 2.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.