Ancient Lakes Trail

George, Washington

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Ancient Lakes are aptly named— they even feel old. As a matter of fact, they are very old leftover bodies of water from the glacial Lake Missoula floods that shaped the land ages ago. It is almost a sacrilege to hurry here. To tarry is better. There are three Ancient Lakes: two are side by side; the third lake is above and is more hidden. The sprawling terrain invites you to ramble, camp, fish, explore, look for wildflowers, and listen to coyotes sing under the chilly stars. Lower Ancient Lake is practically next door to Dusty Lake, another geological leftover. In May, the air is fragrant with sage and wildflowers. The flowers get an early start on the east side of the Cascades—some begin to emerge as early as April. Enticing paths go hither and yon, some leading to the shores of small lakes nestled behind cliffs of columnar basalt, others leading to lonesome views.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Ancient Lakes are aptly named— they even feel old. As a matter of fact, they are very old leftover bodies of water from the glacial Lake Missoula floods that shaped the land ages ago. It is almost a sacrilege to hurry here. To tarry is better. There are three Ancient Lakes: two are side by side; the third lake is above and is more hidden.

The sprawling terrain invites you to ramble, camp, fish, explore, look for wildflowers, and listen to coyotes sing under the chilly stars. Lower Ancient Lake is practically next door to Dusty Lake, another geological leftover. In May, the air is fragrant with sage and wildflowers. The flowers get an early start on the east side of the Cascades—some begin to emerge as early as April. Enticing paths go hither and yon, some leading to the shores of small lakes nestled behind cliffs of columnar basalt, others leading to lonesome views.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: George
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Hikable: Year-round, Best flowers: April through June
Local Contacts: Quincy Wildlife Area
Local Maps: USGS Babcock Ridge and West Bar
Driving Directions: Directions to Ancient Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2009
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The trail was clearly marked and fairly easy. There are several other lakes and linking trails which make it easy to extend the trip. The waterfall was great and refreashing. I recommend going earlier in the spring as it was pretty sizzling in June.


5/6/2009
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Visited this area but approached it from Burke Lake. Much shorter trail. Trailhead is located behind restrooms. Flowers were beautiful on the upper benches. Not so many on the coulee floor. Waterfalls ( Judith Pool Falls and Falls into Ancient Lakes) were full and beautiful. Great views. Recommend reading about Ice Age Floods before coming.



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