Day Hike - Ancient Lake


Day Hike - Ancient Lake

Note: This hike will include Dusty Lake as well as the three Ancient Lakes via a 7 mile counterclockwise loop. Much of this beautiful, photogenic route will include moderately-fast hiking through sagebrush, but there are also a couple of rockslides to cross, as well as an interesting path between the lakes.

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  • Sat, Nov 21, 2015
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft

8:00 AM at the Issaquah Park and Ride near Tibbetts Park. Drive time from the park and ride is around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Projecting return to the park and ride around 5:30 pm.

This hike is beautiful regardless, but I picked it to try to find some sun. The current forecast (for nearby Quincy) is for "mostly sunny skies". If the weather forecast worsens, and there's a probability of rain, then we will likely relocate to a tree-covered hike on this side of the mountains.

This hike is modified to include a loop that visits both lakes. The route between the two lakes is not that well known, though the lakes themselves are. The route between the lakes requires traversing a couple of lakeside boulder fields. The total mileage is about 7 miles and the elevation gain is approximately 600 feet.

I listed the hike as challenging because the route requires mild boulder hopping/scrambling to cross the rockslides. First rockslide:


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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