Bikepack - Ancient Lake


Bikepack - Ancient Lake

This is a great overnight bikepacking trip to dust off the bike and bags and start the bikepacking season.

  • Moderate, Technical 3
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft

Read all the notes for details. Leader's permission required.

We will park at the Ancient Lakes Lower Trailhead (on the north side of the lakes). 

  • Google Maps directions
  • Coordinates are (47.16031262725101, -119.98073020555898)

Arrive with sufficient time to be ready to begin pedaling at 10:30 AM

Mountain bikes and mountain bike skills required. Riding will be on singletrack trails rated green to blue. For information on trail ratings, check out this site. Pack water for two days as there is no access to usable water during the trip.

The Ancient Lakes area is  a great location for early season riding as  snow is  unlikely but sunshine is probable (but not guaranteed). However, in this desert like area, the nights can be cold in early April. Prepare to pack for cold weather camping. 

There is a network of trails in the area and we will plan on riding  an 11 mile loop the first day with 550' overall rolling gain to our campsite. The following day will be a short return back to the parking lot (2 miles, 100').  Though, riders are free to explore the area further on Sunday if they would like.

Email leader with experience on singletrack experience, particularly what Washington singletrack trails you have ridden and what bike you will be riding.


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Extra water - the lakes do not provide safe water even with a filter
  • Mountain bike
  • Bikepacking repair kit for your bike
  • Bikepacking and cold-weather overnight gear 
  • The ten essentials

I'll provide a sample bikepacking packing list to the participants.

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