Dusty but fun to explore. Perfect for cooler days.

Very dusty. Lakes are pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

The road to the trailhead is nice; I made it there with my Honda Civic easily and there's plenty of room for parking. The trail itself is pretty easy going and is marked with pink flagging tape. There were many flowers in bloom including fleabanes, balsomroot, and purple sage. Several waterfalls were still flowing and the lakes were very full. Lots of people were out backpacking/camping with their dogs but we were still able to enjoy nature and see all kinds of bird species as well! You can hike this trail out and back or explore the loop option. The only downside to this hike was that the air and water was very smelly due to the irrigation runoff. Overall, a good 2-3 hours spent outdoors!

Nice hike, gorgeous views. Actually went there to fish, but no luck. Fish were surfacing but didn’t like what I had on the menu. Not an easy trail, sometimes have to crawl over rocks.

This was an amazing hike. So much different from the North bend and North Cascade hikes. Now is the best time to go. It was 65 degrees and sunny. So nice to escape the Seattle rain today.

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite how’s me to do with the kids yet. We counted 15 waterfalls. Of course we just had, had a good rain!! It was amazing!!

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail. Cold & blustery today. Did an 7.88 mile loop and hope to go back in next 4-6 weeks for another loop.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike I am giving all the stars to but you have to go in the spring when the weather isnt really hot and you have to hike down to the banks of the Columbia, otherwise its a three star hike. We started from the White Tail Road trail head using WTA directions. This is a better TH if you are looking for a longer hike and an adventurous hike as well as have some navigation skills. If you are with a family, small kids or looking for a nature walk or easy hike use the TH on Ancient Lakes Rd. There are endless trails so a map, guide of app is very helpful. There are some trails that head to the Columbia where we saw only two others. This is a big part of this hike in my opinion and not sure why more people dont make the journey.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! 55 and sunny today. We parked at 12:30 and got back to the car around 3:30–took our time and stopped to have lunch near the waterfall. Definitely bring or download the trail map before you get there—the trails aren’t well marked, and it’s easy to accidentally start following one of the other trails in the area. It wasn’t too crowded, especially for a nice day. Only buggy for ~1/4 of a mile, but the rest of the day was perfect.

good spring or fall hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I had the trail to myself on this beautiful brisk morning. Lots of scat on the trail but didn't see any animals around except birds overhead. Stunning area, a few nice waterfalls leading to the lake.

I did this trail today 2/5/18 and met 3 people on the whole trail so basically I had it to myself and it was an absolute dream. Easy and relaxing. I got lucky and it was sunny with clear blue skies. It was an awesome day and fun hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Recently moved to Central Washington and since there’s no snow in January I thought I’d give this one a shot! Glad I did. Lots of people were out on the weekend for this one.

The hike is very gradual with minimal incline. The most incline comes at the end and whether you choose to hike up over the waterfall or not.

I chose to hike up to the ridge and the view at the peak of sunset was well worth it. Check this one out. Plus it’s suitable for all ages.

I actually filmed this hike and put the video on YouTube. It shows ground footage as well as aerial footage with my drone. If you’re interested and want a more in depth feel for the hike, check it out here: https://youtu.be/tjhg5b7DPEM

Or just type “Ancient Lakes Central Washington” into YouTube and it should be the first thing that comes up. Thanks for checking it out and I’d love to hear feedback. If interested, subscribe the YouTube channel DanGoodLife as well. Happy hiking!

hiking
6 months ago

Suitable for all.

Amazing views .easy fun trail .do go to the waterfall

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with lots to see!!

on Ancient Lakes Trail

8 months ago

This was nice and easy. We did the entire loop, which was way more than 4.7 miles, but we also walked across the rocks to the waterfall by the lake. Once we got to the waterfall, we climbed up to the top of it. The views were even more amazing from up there. Did run into one rattlesnake, but it didn't bother with us.

Was super easy to get to. I like the heat but the heat there was ridiculous. When you go to get water at night with a light, bring a head net... views were pretty good if you climb the canyon a little bit. But the heat made me not want to think of that weekend ever again

backpacking
10 months ago

This hike is easy in the sense of distance and little elevation gain, but the heat made it miserable. I would only recommend going out here during cooler weather. The area does have some different scenery compared to other parts of Washington that I am used to, and it was beautiful, but the heat made me never want to go back.

Easy path hardly any incline at all. Beautiful rock views along the way...hike is broken up with water fall mid way , and then a lake. Beautiful flowers around the water spots.

Really enjoyable "high dessert" hike. If looking to get away from normal green dense forest hikes in WA, would check it out. Bring lots of water cause via little cloud cover in this part of WA in summer .

backpacking
10 months ago

This is my all time favorite 1 nighter small backpacking excursion. I have done it countless times. It's short enough for the whole family but has extensions to make any level hiker happy. There aren't to many designated camp sites but you will find plenty of flat ground to put a tent down, on the top of the hill there are multiple stone fire pits, just a note.

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Road my bike in with no problem love this trail

backpacking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My absolute favorite short hike in Washington! Super easy, amazing views, awesome camping spots, and doesn't take that long

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Nice hike. Trails were good my wife and I had a blast. As soon as it warms up some more we going to do it again.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I went to hike this about a week ago, sadly my hike was cut short due to too many rattlesnake run ins for my comfort. I also had my young son with me and didn't want to risk getting harmed on our adventure. However, this would have been a beautiful hike and fairly easy. I plan to come back at a better time of year to complete this trail. Just be vigilant and aware of your surroundings and footing as you go about your hike.

camping
Monday, May 22, 2017

Overall it was an awesome hike. Not too hard, but do stay on trails because of rattlesnakes. Love how there's so much open areas to camp that you don't have to be next to people.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This was a nice Mother's day hike. My 8 yo son made it just fine. It is kind of dusty on the well traveled paths and rocky along the lakes. I think 10° warmer and you would run into rattle snakes.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great for trail running!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Unique hike! It's fun to go off trail without fear of getting lost. I also enjoy climbing up to the top of the far waterfall for an astonishing view

Monday, April 24, 2017

Beautiful hike. Should be rated as moderate if you hike up to the waterfalls over and up the rocks. Plenty of water for dogs at the beginning or end of the trail (depending on which lot you parked in).

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