Backpack - Ancient Lake


Backpack - Ancient Lake

An early season overnighter for a shake out with kids to Ancient Lakes. Only sign up if you're bringing a kid with you in your group and ensure you register the kid.

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 860 ft

Lower trailhead. More details given in spring. 

This will be a backpacking with kids. I'll be bringing my almost 6 year old with me. This trip will be canceled if the weather is too iffy as nobody wants to backpack with miserable kids. :) Email me if you have any questions!

Only register for this activity if you are also registering a kid. Ensure that you register both you and your kid. If you are unsure about anything please feel free to contact me. Trip sheet and additional details posted spring 2024.

We will start at the Lower Ancient Lakes Trailhead. *Note that you need to input "Ancient Lakes Lower Trailhead" into Google Maps in order to get to the correct trailhead. "Ancient Lakes Trailhead" will misroute you.

From I-90 take exit 149, turn left onto SR 281, and drive north towards Quincy and Wenatchee. In 5.6 miles turn left onto White Trail Road (aka 5-NW) and drive 7.8 miles to 9-NW (note: after 4 miles White Trail Rd swings north & may also be signed U-NW).

Turn left on 9-NW and drive west. In 2 miles the pavement ends and the road becomes Ancient Lakes Road. Follow it down onto Babcock Bench and drive 4 miles to the trailhead.

Discover Pass is required to park at the TH - Ancient Lake (the shortest) will be the plan.


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
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