Ancient Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."