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Dusty Lake

Parent Category: Hiking
in Quincy
Created: 18 May 2014
Location: Eastern Washington, Quincy
Roundtrip: 6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Highest Point: 1000 ft
GPS Coordinates: N 4709.610 W 119 58.845
Visitor’s Information:

Discover Pass Required

Photo from Eastern Washington, Quincy, Dusty LakePictures below will take you on a virtual tour along this gorgeous trail! The views are perfect!

General Information:

The Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area is famous for its’ unusual and unique beauty. Sparkling lakes, which are located in the deep coulees, attract a great number of hikers. The ecosystem here is also unusual, to be more concrete, usual desert ecology is combined with desert riparian ecology. Here visitors may see uncommon waterfowl for such desert regions as mallards, teals and mergansers.

Photo from Eastern Washington, Quincy, Dusty Lake

Spring is considered to be the best time for visiting this place. The weather is sunny and warm, and the nature invites you to put up a tent and enjoy the quietness of the lake. It should be mentioned that the Quincy Wildlife Recreation Area is a geological jewel; here beautiful portholes are embosomed with basalt cliffs. This unusual beauty is a result of erosion of lava flows by glacial waterfloods.

Photo from Eastern Washington, Quincy, Dusty Lake

The hike should be started on an old jeep trail, you will find it past the gate at the end of the road. In about a mile hikers usually turn left and continue going towards Ancient Lakes. You need to continue straight; this trail will take you to Dusty Lake, which is considered to be another popular destination.

In about 1.6 miles from the trailhead, hikers will revel in amazing views of the basalt cliffs. You are to find a road that will take you to the left. This path will climb up and lead you to the basin of the lake. At the end of the lake hikers will enjoy silver waters of Dusty Lake.

Photo from Eastern Washington, Quincy, Dusty Lake

It should be also said that Dusty Lake is a popular place among fishermen and hunters. Trout and a great variety of migratory waterfowl attract hunters and fishermen.

Remember that hikers recommend saving some extra time for exploring the entire basin of the lakes in this region, because this wetland is home for numerous kinds of animals and birds: teals, ducks, Canada geese, pelicans, swans, red-wing blackbirds, sandhill cranes, meadowlarks, cliff swallows, sage thrashers and killdeer. Be aware of the snakes!

As we have mentioned, spring is the best time to come here. Spring wildflowers cover the ground and among them you will surely enjoy sagebrush mariposa lily, yellow paintbrush, balsamroot, nootka rose. Later in the summer wild buckwheat and clematis will be blooming, and fall is the time for big sagebrush and rabbit brush.

These pictures were taken on May 6, 2014

Directions:

From Ellensburg

Drive east on I-90 to George - Exit 149. Turn left and drive on SR 281 to Quincy. In Quincy, turn left (west) on SR 28 and continue 4 miles to White Trail Road. Turn left and drive about 7 miles or so until you reach Road 9-NW and drive 5.9 miles to the road's end. Visitors’ will need a special permit to the perk from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

GPS Coordinates: N 4709.610 W 119 58.845

In order to get directions click on the map below:

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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