Lenore Lake Caves

Coulee City, Washington 99115

Lenore Lake Caves

Lenore Lake Caves Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Lenore Lake Caves were formed 12,000 years ago when the area was flooded by melting ice. The “Shelter” part of the name comes from the fact that the caves were used by native tribes thousands of years ago. Today, visitors may view petroglyphs inside the caves. Seven caves are accessible by the maintained trail.

Prairie falcons nest in the sheer cliffs of the Grand Coulee, and this route brings you close to them. Watch the majestic raptors soar over the coulees as they hunt for birds, small mammals, and reptiles—yes, there are reptiles aplenty here. Rattlesnakes, rubber boas, and bull snakes can all be found in the vicinity. Be especially alert as you near the cave entrances as the snakes frequently use the cool cave environments to help regulate their body temperatures in the heat of summer."

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Trail Information

Coulee City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
April through July
1,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,300 feet
Top Elevation
Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Local Maps

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Dec 2018