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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Ancient Lakes Trail, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Trail length:
8mi/12km
Elevation gain:
100ft/30m
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's apple cultivations.

Ancient Lakes is part of the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area, at one hour away from Wenatchee Town. The whole area is considered to be an ecological treasure. The trail leading to the Ancient Lakes is 8mi/12km long, out and back, with an elevation gain of 100ft/30m.

There are small and big lakes in this desert looking area and waterfalls, altogether composing a unique and unusual ecosystem. While hiking along the old jeep trail, continue left towards Ancient Lakes. Once you reach the lakes, the amazing beauty of the basin and the crystal clear waters will take your breath away.

You can explore the entire basin and discover beautiful wildflowers, colourful birds and insects.You can hike this trail all year round. However if you visit during summer, the lakes are suitable for swimming. Ancient Lakes is an amazing hike for nature enthusiasts, suitable for all skill levels, certainly worth visiting.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Seattle
145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
31.9mi/51km, 45min
From S Wenatchee Ave make an open right turn to enter WA-285S/Stevens St, continue towards WA-28E, turn right on Rd 10 NW, take the first left turn on Rd V NW, turn right on Rd 9NW and continue straight on Ancient Lake Rd for 3.6mi.
BY AIR
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146miles/235km from Wenatchee Town
BY TRAIN

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airpor, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located on 303 South Jackson Street.

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