Ancient Lake


Day Hike - Ancient Lake

One of the nicest spring hikes to beautiful prehistoric lakes nestled at a flat-bottom coulee surrounded by basalt cliffs. The whole scenery is believed to have been created by ice age floods. We will explore around the lakes including a short steep ascent on talus along the waterfalls. We will visit three view points in total.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at the TH at 9:30 am

Take I-90 east to exit 149, SR 281. Go north towards Quincy. After 5.6 miles turn left on White Trail Road, and follow that 7.8 miles to road 9-NW. Continue 5.9 miles on this road (it drops onto a bench and doubles back to the south). Park in the parking area at the end of the road.


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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