14.2 miles
Distance
976 ft
Climb
-946 ft
Descent
1,402 ft
High Point

This route touches some of the best trails in the area from fast and flowy single track by the Columbia River, punchy climbs near the Gorge Amphitheater and a technical, rocky descent to the picturesque lakes.

Detailed Description
Ancient Lakes Loop is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near Quincy Washington. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 976 ft with a max elevation of 1,402 ft then descends -946 ft.
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9 Reviews & Comments

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bizango-x (Apr 2, 2022 at 20:29)
Trail Rim Job
One of the most fun sections of trail in this area. Up and down and in and out of interesting terrain.
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bizango-x (Apr 2, 2022 at 20:24)
Trail Gorge Climb
Not a bad climb, though there is one tricky rock garden. We usually ride the loop cw, so we end up coming down this.
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bizango-x (Apr 2, 2022 at 20:21)
Hike a bike on the steeper parts going up (and maybe on the way down as well). The upper section is nice singletrack with some rock obstacles thrown in to keep it interesting.
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Pinsx3 (Nov 9, 2021 at 11:13)
Trail Rim Job
We had a blast on this trail. After the upper Mesa Trail heading back from the amphitheater to the parking lot, it was a welcome change from the ancient lakes descent. A lot of it was extremely fast and Flowy Peppered with basalt. This was really the only trail of the day where we could rip. This was in November so maybe the underbrush was lower. I do not see any of the issues set forth in the prior comment.
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westboundANDup (Oct 23, 2021 at 21:17)
Trail Rim Job
Not sure how to feel about this one. Parts of the trail are literally unrideable due to overgrowth. The rideable sections were enjoyable for what they were, good old eastern Washington basalt chunder
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tskpe (Mar 27, 2021 at 16:50)
The number of visitors is steadily increasing. 70 vehicles mid afternoon at north potholes parking lot on recent 2021 March weekend. Highly recommend a midweek visit.
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BTdubby (Mar 20, 2021 at 22:28)
Sketchily loose in a kinda fun way?
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jimeg (Jan 11, 2020 at 12:26)
Nice and clear and gorgeous 01/09/20
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emaw (Apr 5, 2019 at 11:38)
All clear. Loose rocks abound on steep sections.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for Ancient Lakes Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    870 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,016 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,047 ft
  • Grade max
    -39.7%
  • Grade min
    125.4%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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North Potholes
Jan 22, 2023 @ 1:56pm
Jan 22, 2023
lots of mud, slippery in spots, but will be great when it dries out a bit
Potholes Blvd
Oct 21, 2022 @ 6:27am
Oct 21, 2022
Rim Job
Jul 6, 2022 @ 2:32pm
Jul 6, 2022
Beware: the bad patch of poison ivy is back along the overgrown section of trail that is less than a half mile from the road to the east. I opted to carry my bike up and around.
Gorge Climb
Apr 2, 2022 @ 8:23pm
Apr 2, 2022
Upper Mesa
Apr 2, 2022 @ 8:21pm
Apr 2, 2022
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