Dusty Lake Trail

Moses Lake, Washington

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Although the hot and arid Columbia Plateau isn’t exactly an ideal place to take Rover, there are some good destinations among the sage and steppe. The 15,000-acre Quincy Lakes State Wildlife Area is one of them. Here, scattered about in the striking basalt canyons along the Columbia River, are scores of little lakes, creeks, and waterfalls. The entire area is a haven for birds, and the lakes support fish. It’s a great area to explore, but there are a few precautions.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Although the hot and arid Columbia Plateau isn’t exactly an ideal place to take Rover, there are some good destinations among the sage and steppe. The 15,000-acre Quincy Lakes State Wildlife Area is one of them.

Here, scattered about in the striking basalt canyons along the Columbia River, are scores of little lakes, creeks, and waterfalls. The entire area is a haven for birds, and the lakes support fish. It’s a great area to explore, but there are a few precautions.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moses Lake
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best March to May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,200 feet
Top Elevation: 1,200 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Quincy Lakes State Wildlife Area
Local Maps: USGS Babcock Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Dusty Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2007
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June 3rd 2007, Very hot today (around 98F) We entered from the north west side (Ancient Lake)where it took 1.89 miles to reach the second of two small lakes (not Dusty Lake). The eastern most small lake has a great little waterfall that dumps into it. If you hike up on the North side of this small lake you can access the top of the waterfall where there is another smaller fall with enough room in a small pool that forms at the bottom of the smaller fall to wade into and cool off. Very refreshing !! From these two smaller lakes you can then head South West to a talus pass that will put you on a ridge of basalt that overlooks Dusty Lake from the North East side. You will need to continue hiking South East around the East side of Dusty Lake (while on top of the ridge) to get to the trail head for Dusty Lake (about 2 miles total). I think the two smaller lakes, North of Dusty Lake, are more interesting with the waterfall for a great cool off point. These two smaller lakes are below Judith Pool. Be careful of snakes and the loose talus around these lakes. Not the best place to take a dog in my opinion (very hot) but you can. We swam in the most eastern lake of the two and it was great. Darn.....we noticed a fair amount of bottles and cans here from others. I guess cool spots attract litterbugs.



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