Ancient Lake


Backpack - Ancient Lake

Explore two beautiful waterfalls and multiple beautiful lakes sculpted by ancient geologic activity, with a Saturday afternoon day hike to a ridge overlook with a spectacular view of a larger lake, backpacking in on Saturday and out on Sunday on a short, easy trail and camping Saturday night among the lakes.

  • Sat, May 12, 2018 — Sun, May 13, 2018
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at 8 AM Saturday at the Preston Park and Ride lot, reached by taking Exit 22 from I-90, heading north and turning left at the T junction and then left again into the park and ride lot. 

If we need to, we can consolidate cars at the park and ride lot.  We will caravan there to the Traveler's Rest off of Exit 53 from I-90 for a restroom break.  Then we continue east on I-90 to Exit 149, George, where we stop at the truck stop on the south side of I-90 and the west side of SR 281 for another restroom break and gas fillup, if needed.  Then we'll head north on SR 281 and follow directions to be supplied later to the Ancient Lakes trailhead.  A Discover Pass must be displayed by each car parked at the trailhead parking lot.  There is a portapotty at the trailhead, but not elsewhere on our hiking route.

The most important thing to remember about this hike is there is no drinkable water (EVEN AFTER FILTERING) at the trailhead, or anywhere on our hiking route, because all water in the area is agricultural runoff, contaminated by chemicals used by farmers.  So all water consumed on the trip, including what is used in cooking dinner and breakfast, must be carried in.  It can be hot in this area at this time of the year, so everyone should carry in at least two liters of water or energy drink for drinking, plus what you need for cooking.  It is advised to have at least one more liter in the car that you can consume after the hike.  The greatest danger on this trip is dehydration.  For that reason, we will break camp and hike out right after we cook breakfast on Saturday morning.  On the drive home we'll have an optional lunch stop wherever the group chooses.  Last year we stopped at the Brick in Roslyn.   



Ancient Lake

  • Red Marker
    47.160566, -119.980567
    47.1605664818 -119.980566502
  • Red Marker
    47.149869, -119.944432
    47.1498688639 -119.944431782
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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