Ancient Lake

Vantage, Washington

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This route through part of the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area offers something you seldom find in the desert: a waterfall. But not just any waterfall; here you’ll find a waterfall plunging into a lake. Did I mention this watery world is in the desert? Well it is—a quick glance at the areas around the lake reveals that. Prickly hedgehog cactus dot the slopes around the trail as does an array of desert wildflowers. In the heart of this 15,266-acre wildlife area, you’ll find sparkling potholes surrounded by massive basalt cliffs. The geological wonders are a product of the erosion of lava flows by ancient glacial floodwaters.
Best Desert Hikes Washington

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Best Desert Hikes Washington

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

This route through part of the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area offers something you seldom find in the desert: a waterfall. But not just any waterfall; here you’ll find a waterfall plunging into a lake. Did I mention this watery world is in the desert? Well it is—a quick glance at the areas around the lake reveals that.

Prickly hedgehog cactus dot the slopes around the trail as does an array of desert wildflowers. In the heart of this 15,266-acre wildlife area, you’ll find sparkling potholes surrounded by massive basalt cliffs. The geological wonders are a product of the erosion of lava flows by ancient glacial floodwaters.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Vantage
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 850 feet
Top Elevation: 860 feet
Local Contacts: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Ancient Lake

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May 2018