Dusty Lake Trail

George, Washington 98824

Dusty Lake Trail

Dusty Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Spring is a capricious season for hikers from the west side of the Cascades. Hungry for warm days and flowers, they are often driven east by bad weather. It’s a good thing there are sweet gems like Dusty Lake to visit, situated in the same geological neighborhood as Ancient Lakes.

Though the hike is short and the drive is long, it is worth it. You may feel as if you’ve gotten away with something when you drive through a late spring storm at Snoqualmie Pass into open terrain where clumps of phlox cast a purple glow against rolling hills and the golden fire of balsamroot warms the heart."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer
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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 Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson
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"Whispering stands of cottonwoods shine against the brilliantly polarized eastern Washington blue sky, while cool blue pools reflect their graceful beauty. The Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area boasts several sparkling lakes nestled in the long, deep coulees of the area. Hiking around these remarkable desert gems provides an immersion not only in desert ecology but also in the more uncommon desert riparian ecology. The common desert community of quails and chukars is joined by the less common desert population of waterfowl—including mallards, mergansers, and teals."

Dusty Lake Trail Trip Reports

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Got to the trail head just after dawn to run a 10 mile loop to Dusty Lake, over the ridge and down to the Ancient Lakes, and up the Ancient Lakes trail to complete the loop.

These trails are easy to run, soft dirt intermixed with rock. The autumn foliage, sharp ridge lines and beautiful waterfalls make this a great place to explore.

A couple of backpackers were enjoying a easy Sunday morning camped between the Ancient Lakes.

This one easily tops my list for 6+ mile trail runs in the area.
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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Hikable: Year-round, Best flowers: May through June
Quincy Wildlife Area
Local Contacts
USGS Babcock Ridge
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