Ancient Lake

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Seeking sunshine, Deb and I drove east from our campsite today and hiked to Ancient Lake.

There were 20 cars at the trailhead when we arrived at 10:15. We hiked past the gate and set off:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We were a little late for most of the wildflowers, but still saw some:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

The cliffs towered above us:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We passed a waterfall tumbling from the bluff above. I imagine it will dry up in a few weeks:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We saw what looked like vintage airplanes flying overhead, which was pretty cool:

Ancient Lake Hike

Then we got our first sight of Ancient Lake:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We took the trail along the north side of the lake:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

It stopped being a trail and became more of a rock scramble:

Ancient Lake Hike

Then we reached Ancient Lake Falls:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We scrambled up a “trail” to get to the top of the falls:

Ancient Lake Hike

Along the way we passed a nice rock viewpoint where hikers could sit and enjoy the view, except this guy thought he would set up his tent there:

Ancient Lake Hike

Looking back at the lake below:

Ancient Lake Hike

This is the top tier of the waterfall:

Ancient Lake Hike

We reached the top of the falls and could see upstream towards Judith Pool and H Lake (out of sight) where the water comes from:

Ancient Lake Hike

We sat up there for awhile enjoying the view.

Ancient Lake Hike

The guy with the tent continued setting up his camp on the ledge:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We descended back down to the lake, made our way back through the boulder field, and hiked along the shoreline:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

Looking back at the falls:

Ancient Lake Hike

We reached a narrow shallow spot in the lake that was more like a wetland and watched the birds here:

Ancient Lake Hike

Then we continued on:

Ancient Lake Hike

I believe this is poison ivy:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We left Ancient Lake behind and set off on one of the user trails heading west:

Ancient Lake Hike

We soon passed one of the other unnamed lakes, the westernmost one of the grou:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We continued west:

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

Ancient Lake Hike

We met back up with the Dusty Lake Trail and headed back to the car. We had originally planned to add on the hike to Dusty Lake today, but neither of us are acclimated to warm weather yet after the cold wet spring we’ve had and we were hot and tired.

Gaia stats: 5.4 miles, 280′ elevation gain