129 – Dusty Lake Trail

Set in a basalt column lined coulee left over from the ancient Missoula floods along the Quincy plateau in Eastern Washington, Dusty Lake, one in a cluster of ancient lakes, was the destination my son took us to for an afternoon of hiking and fishing enjoyment. Here we are at the trailhead with my son.

At the Trailhead . . .
At the trailhead with son Brian . . .

It was a beautiful hike to the lake with wildflowers lining our path, a small waterfalls, a pond with a beaver lodge, a busy ant hill practically as tall as me nestled into the base of the sage brush along the trail, striking basalt columns surrounding us, hawks soaring above and warm sunshine all around.

Bird watching
Bird watching

We took a break from our hiking to fish from the shore.

Brian and Kent fishing
Brian and Kent fishing

After fishing for awhile, we continued our hike around the perimiter of the lake before heading back. This is one of my favorite photos from the day!

Brian on top of the cliff
Son Brian on top of a basalt cliff

More information on hikes in the Ancient Lakes area is available on the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ancient-lakes.

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