After a stressful week of moving, Mike and I were desperate for outdoor therapy. The weather wasn't looking very promising in the mountains for memorial day weekend so we opted for a change of scenery and headed east towards the Columbia Gorge in search of sun. We packed up our car, and Kayuh of course, then began the 3 hour drive to meet our friends and backpack to Ancient Lakes.
Depending on where you begin your hike, the Ancient Lakes trail can span anywhere from 5 miles to 12 miles. Being exhausted from the move we opted for the shorter. It was a beautiful day and temperatures were in the 80's making the hike very hot as there is no shade along the way. Luckily the trail was practically flat and very easy, even with our backpacking weight. The 2.5 mile hike in went by quickly and we were met with 3 stunning lakes and a waterfall to cool off in.
We set up camp overlooking the lakes and immediately headed towards to waterfall to explore. We spent the rest of day swimming in the lakes, fishing, and laying in the sun.
Temperatures cooled off as dusk approached and we were graced by a gorgeous sunset that literally seemed to paint the sky. Once night settled in, the moon rose over the top of the canyon and it was so bright it lit the up the entire basin. We built a small fire, stargazed, and listened to coyotes howling in the distance before retreating to our tents to sleep.
Good times spent with great friends in the outdoors is exactly what we needed. I couldn't have asked for a better weekend.
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Before attempting Ancient Lakes Trail, please visit WTA.ORG for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports.