Backpack - Ancient Lake


Backpack - Ancient Lake

This is an easy, early-season, one-night backpack of 5 miles round trip and minimal elevation gain.

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  • Sat, May 16, 2015 — Sun, May 17, 2015
  • Foothills Backpacking Committee
  • Exploring Nature, Photography, Backpacking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Issaquah Sound Transit Center Parking Garage, first (bottom) floor, north end.   Address: 1050 17th Ave NW., Issaquah, Website:

This is an easy, early-season, one-night backpack, great for trying out your equipment and at the same time exploring features of the desert lands in the Columbia basin, rich with history and wildlife. Elevation gain is minimal.

Day 1: Drive to Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area, Hike 2.5 miles through desert environment in Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area to a watery world in the desert. Cactus and desert wildflowers dot the slopes along the trail. Camp at the “potholes” of Ancient Lake surrounded by massive basalt cliffs and waterfall.

Day 2: Day hike 6 mile RT to Dusty Lake basin, return to Ancient Lakes, break camp, return home.

THIS TRIP IS OFFERED AS PART OF THE BACKPACKING BUILDING BLOCKS COURSE.  Though B3 backpacks are open to any qualified member, these backpacks will have an extra emphasis on teaching and demonstration of backpacking skills and gear for students.


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Microspikes
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