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Quincy Lakes

Central Washington > Potholes Region
47.1604, -119.9808 Map & Directions
12.0 miles of trails
Elevation Gain
400 feet
Highest Point
1,200 feet
Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lake are two popular destination for the Quincy Lake area. Photo by AlpsDayTripper. Full-size image
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Hiking Quincy Lakes

When the waters from the Ice Age Floods poured out of the Grand Coulee, they quickly filled the Quincy Basin, overtopped the low points of Evergreen and Babcock Ridges, then dropped 850 feet in less than three miles to the Columbia River, carving the spectacular recessional cataracts we know today as Crater, Potholes, and Frenchman Coulees.

Just southwest of Quincy, Potholes Coulee—like Frenchman Coulee a few miles to the south—consists of 2 cataract-lined arms or alcoves separated by a basalt rib over 350 feet high, 1000 feet wide, and a mile and half long.

Ancient Lakes, four small disconnected lakes, lie at the head of the North Alcove, and feature a waterfall plunging 160 feet into the easternmost lake.

Much-larger Dusty Lake, lies at the head of the South Alcove. Both arms are lined with 200 to 300-foot basalt cliffs towering above the coulee floor.

The entire area is a well-known hiking destination and is becoming increasingly popular with backpackers. There are a variety of ways to enjoy this area, so you'll want to visit our entries for Ancient Lakes and Dusty Lake for more information on each.

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Quincy Lakes

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.1604, -119.9808 Open in Google Maps

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Find directions to the trailhead for Ancient Lakes or Dusty Lake in our hiking guide entries for them.

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Central Washington > Potholes Region

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Columbia Basin Wildlife Area

Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

USGS Babcock Ridge

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