Ancient Lakes Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 222' 68 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 1,009' 307 m
Low: 844' 257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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Singletrack South Wenatchee, WA( 1 )
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“Ancient Lakes is a desert oasis in eastern Washington that makes for an easy day trip or beginner backpack trip.”— Jessie Morris
Family Friendly This trail features low elevations and a relatively short distance from the trailhead to the lakes.
Rattlesnakes are common in the summer months, so be sure to stay on path and keep aware. This area is known for high winds.
The hike marked here is the most common path. The Ancient Lake Trail to the north travels closer to the base of the cliffs and 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, runners, mountain bikers, as well as horses.