Ancient Lakes Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Quincy, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 288 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

A Discovery Pass is required to park at the trail head. Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead will close seasonally due to snow.

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17 days ago

It’s a nice level out/back trail. A very good trail for a novice mountain biker.

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17 days ago

Beautiful day for hike a bit windy but trails were not muddy and easy to follow. Used lower gate. First hike of 2020

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no shade
18 days ago

good day for a hike and lunch break on the rock cliff.

21 days ago

upper gates are still locked so we used the lower parking area. weather was perfectly cool and dry. very pleasant day. all the waterfalls are running. The trails are in good shape.

22 days ago

Really cool little hike, especially coming from western washington! I felt the need to see a more desert-like area and was not desapointed! No snow and barely saw anyone, I'll definitely come back this spring to spend a night near those lakes!

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1 month ago

Road closed at entrance. Quiet, beautiful. Icy waterfalls over basalt cliffs.

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1 month ago

11/26/19 Nice trail. Most of the time you are following an abandoned dirt road. Beautiful lakes at the end. I can see why this is such a popular backpacking destination, but the day we went we didn’t see anybody all day. No rattles or ticks this time.

Good easy walk. Not bad for a beginner who is interested in his or her first overnighter. id imagine the sunrise and sunsets are worth hanging around for.

2 months ago

Hiked Dusty Lake and Ancient Lakes 1 week ago. Weather was good, trails all in good condition. The falls at Ancient Lake still with some flow. total mileage closer to 6 - 7 miles if you visit both Dusty and then the Ancient Lakes.

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2 months ago

This is a well traveled trail with numerous adjacent trails. it all leads to a cliff with lakes at the base. you really can't get lost. what a fascinating area. it is desert so bring water. my cell was iffy at the lakes so be prepared. a wonderful fall day.

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bugs
2 months ago

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4 months ago

Pretty awesome hike, I was amazed by the water falls and lakes in the high desert climate. Lots of good places for camping. Would definitely come back for a camping trip. Maybe in May when water is more abundant. Very easy hike, can be turned into a running trail very easily.

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4 months ago

Great hike, the road to get there is gravel for about 3 miles. If you plan on hiking around the lakes, be prepared for some bush waking. Overall it was a good hike.

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no shade
4 months ago

It’s an easy hike surrounded by some beautiful views! Did see a couple smaller waterfalls, not much water coming over them right now. Trail does take you down to several smaller lakes. Watch out for the bees...they got me twice by the lakes.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
5 months ago

Went again yesterday and had a blast. Not much shade in the heat but a few waterfalls along the way. Loop goes out to 3 small-medium sized lakes that are perfect for swimming right now. Beautiful and rather easy hike enjoyed with my dachshund. Highly recommend!

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bugs
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

For being listed as moderate traffic hike, this trail was very lonely. I was the only car when I got there and only one when I left. So if crowded isn't your thing, this one might be for you. The lakes are exactly 2 miles from the trailhead. That is if you take left turn where it splits. The first time I hiked this we didnt reach the lakes because we went the wrong way. There are no markers to tell you which way to go. Using the app has been helpful. There is no shade and it gets HOT depending at what time you go. The trail is really good, there are a lot of rocks but most of the sections are dirt. There are a few campsites up there, but did signs that there is no campfires beginning July 1. So much history.

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bugs
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

Good hike, though a bit treeless for our tastes. Trailheads are easy to find though, it can be rather easy to get off point if you drop in from the top, above the lakes.

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no shade
rocky
7 months ago

7 months ago

We started at the opposite end and found ourselves above the waterfalls... really spectacular. Had to scramble down the screen to continue...a little bit difficult...easier going back up. Wildflowers everywhere...a magical place.

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bugs
7 months ago

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