Day Hike - Ancient & Dusty Lakes


Day Hike - Ancient & Dusty Lakes

16 sunny miles, 1600', 2.5 MPH average moving speed (many flat miles with fast/excellent tread). We will start above the coulee and descend to the Columbia. Warning! There will be a few 5 minute talks about the fascinating geology we will be observing, the basalt lava flows and ice age floods that sculpted the coulee, Babcock Bench, and pothole lakes.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 MPH average moving speed

8:30 Quincy Lakes South Access Gate (discover pass required, no privy)    One carpooling option is the East Sunset Way Trailhead at 6:00.   I will need 1 driver willing to stop here; I need a ride. 

Here is the counter clockwise route 

The forecast as of November 20th, sunny with a high near 42, the current forecast:


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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