MTB Project Logo

greenBlue Ancient Lakes

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 119' 36 m
Descent: -209' -64 m
High: 1,008' 307 m
Low: 844' 257 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jessie Morris

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Weather

Getting forecast...

Current trail conditions

Unknown See History

Popular rides nearby

Biked this trail?

Add details to help others plan their adventure.

Ancient Lakes is a desert oasis in eastern Washington that makes for an easy day trip.

Jessie Morris

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Commonly Bikepacked

Family Friendly This trail features low elevations and a relatively short distance from the trailhead to the lakes.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee or Discover Pass.

Description

Note that there are two trailheads to approach Ancient Lakes (one from Rd 9 and one from south of White Trail Rd). This route departs from the Ancient & Dusty Lakes Trailhead that can be found at the end of Rd 9 (which turns into Ancient Lake Rd). There are multiple paths you can take but as long as you head in the general direction of the first canyon to the east, all paths lead to Ancient Lakes (if you go too far, you'll reach Dusty Lake).

The ride marked here is the most common path. There is another path north of this trail (still south of the cliff walls) that will take you closer to a lone waterfall.

As you approach Ancient Lakes, if you continue on to the lake in the northeastern most point, you'll find a waterfall attraction. Swimming in the lakes is common, but beware of rattlesnakes on the ground and in the water (they can swim!) during the summer months.

Whether for a day trip or an overnight, be sure to explore the area's many paths to get the full experience. There are many viewpoints from this waterfall, the hill that looks at it, as well as a trail that ventures to the south side and up the canyon.

There are very few trees and shade in this area, so be prepared with sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water (especially in the warm weather).

These trails are shared by hikers and runners as well as horses.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 3 votes

#15730

Overall
  3.0 from 3 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
33%
2 Star
33%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#425

in Washington

#15,730

Overall
76 Views Last Month
1,194 Since May 10, 2017
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

50%
50%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter