Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Ancient Lake

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Ancient Lake

Beginner level backpack for MAC members to try out gear and hopefully find the sun in this beautiful desert area filled with wildflowers, birds and geological features.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph
  •  Meet at Mountaineers PC at 7:45 am on Sat, May 18.   Carpool link .

We will start at the Lower Ancient Lakes Trailhead.   *Note that you need to input "Ancient Lakes Lower Trailhead" into Google Maps in order to get to the correct trailhead. "Ancient Lakes Trailhead" will misroute you.

From I-90 take exit 149, turn left onto SR 281, and drive north towards Quincy and Wenatchee. In 5.6 miles turn left onto White Trail Road (aka 5-NW) and drive 7.8 miles to 9-NW (note: after 4 miles White Trail Rd swings north & may also be signed U-NW).

Turn left on 9-NW and drive west. In 2 miles the pavement ends and the road becomes Ancient Lakes Road. Follow it down onto Babcock Bench and drive 4 miles to the trailhead.

Discover Pass is required to park at the TH.

Prerequisites: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course/badge recommended (contact leader for registration assistance if you haven't yet had a chance to complete the WFA course). Attendance at at least 1 MAC conditioning hike throughout the year prior to backpack trip.

Students must have demonstrated fitness throughout other MAC activities and may be asked to answer certain questions to give the leader an idea of their fitness/ability/experience level.  


Ancient Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 essentials, backpacking gear. 

See trip sheet for detailed packing list.

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