CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Ancient Lake

Travel through desert, past basalt walls, and around the lakes, at the end of which is a waterfall, a rare feature in a desert. Enjoy wildflowers and interesting geology just to the east of the Columbia River near Vantage along the way. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)

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  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft

We'll meet at the Tibbetts Valley Skatepark Parking lot at 7:30; condense down  to as few cars as reasonable and drive 2.5hrs to the Ancient Lakes Lower Trailhead west of Quincy. We should be back in Issaquah before 6:00pm; unless we stop to eat. 

It's a long drive, about 154 miles, but worth the effort. Please be prepared to reimburse your driver at $0.10 - $0.15 per rider per mile, $15.40 - $23.10. Carpooling etiquette can be found here.


More information will be provided via a "Hello Hiker" email to be sent about 5 days before to the hike. If you require information prior the the email feel free to contact the hike leaders. 


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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