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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Default Ancient Lakes/Dusty Lake Backpack Easter Weekend

Decided to just get out of Raincouver this past weekend and go as far as it took to find some life-giving sunshine so after a little researching and intel from a few friends we went with Ancient Lakes & Dusty Lake in central Washington near Quincy. Apparently it never rains there in the desert. Well at least while we were there. We were greeted by sunny skies and warm temperatures, Sage brush and coulee's, HUGE basalt columns and lots of small lakes. Among other interesting things were not used to here in the rainy dreary Southwest of BC or Pacific Northwest if you're from Washington. Have to say the nights were a tad cooler though as the wind can and did kick up. Normal for there I'm told. The giant wind farms across the Columbia River would testify to that if they could. Saw some coyotes, a tiny lizard of some sort, a marmot, deafening frogs a croaking and heard some hooting owls along with many bird species. Lot's of which were nesting in large numbers in the abundant cliff faces.


This whole area was created when the great Lake Missoula in Montana had it's ice dam burst not once but many times as the great ice sheets receded to the north sending waters hundreds of feet deep rushing through Idaho and into eastern Washington before colliding with and filling the Columbia River Canyon. Think I read this is how the Scablands of eastern Washington came to be. Could be wrong on that. Anyhow very interesting terrain to say the least for us northerners.


Imagine Niagara Falls here then multiply it by 10 or so in width and much, much, higher cascading over both of these Coulee's 12,000 years back. Must have been something to behold. All this info can be seen on many youtube's from geologist studying the history of this area. Fascinating stuff.


Here's some pictures to show a sample of what we saw. Will add a few more later.
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The good thing about this trail is it's only about an hour hike with very little elevation. We saw lots of mountain bikers and family with kids. Good for kids' first back-packing trip. The only drawback is you have to carry all the water for the duration of the stay. The lakes are contaminated with pesticide and run-off from the nearby farms and orchards.

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Whoops! Just noticed I placed this TR in the Washington Hikes category and not the Washington Trip Report category. Maybe nobody will notice but if anybody knows how to change the category that would be great. Thanks.

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The lakes are contaminated with pesticide and run-off from the nearby farms and orchards.
oh man that sucks... Way to chase the sun and get out there though.
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Andrew. Fabulous. What an interesting trip, fascinating terrain and pictures of some rather exotic looking scenery.

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Looks like some spooky stories around the campfire
Beautiful place. Great photos. Thanks for sharing!
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You hit on a place we've yet to try but always wanted to. There's some fascinating info on glacial lake Missoula and the scablands in the NOVA documentaries "Mystery of the Megaflood" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/megaflood/scab-nf.html
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Thanks Karl.


Yes very different from here. Only a 4 hour 45 minute drive I think it was. Totally worth it. Especially if you stay a couple of nights to really enjoy it.

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Yes very different from here. Only a 4 hour 45 minute drive I think it was. Totally worth it. Especially if you stay a couple of nights to really enjoy it.
Yes, will have to do this after either I retire, or take a vacation.

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