Lenore Lake Caves

Coulee City, Washington

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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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by Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

©  Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coulee City
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: April through July
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 1,300 feet
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Banks Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Lenore Lake Caves

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