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If you're looking for a great place to hike in Washington, check out Dusty Lake, near Quincy. Stunning views await you, at Crater, Potholes, and Frenchman Coulees.You'll need a Discover Pass to cover your entry fee

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Why you should visit Dusty Lake

There is a 6-mile loop trail. It's considered "moderately challenging." It's a popular trail for bird watching, camping, and fishing. Backpackers love this trail!


Ancient Lakes, four small disconnected lakes, lie at the head of the North Alcove and feature a waterfall plunging 160 feet into the easternmost lake. Much-larger Dusty Lake lies at the head of the South Alcove. Both arms are lined with 200 to 300-foot basalt cliffs towering above the coulee floor.

Fishing at Dusty Lake is fun for all.

The freshwater lake is home to brown, tiger, and rainbow trout, and there are several similar-sized lakes close by. Fishing regulations can change throughout the year, so do your research. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:


Dusty Lake sits in a shallow canyon and doesn't receive as much sunlight as other lakes early in the year. As such, this lake remains colder longer and fishing doesn't start to pick up until later in the spring. Access to Dusty Lake is walk-in only. The lake is best fished from a float tube or pontoon boat. Shoreline fishing is usually unproductive.

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Chasing Lewis River Falls Waterfalls at Gifford Pinchot National Forest in WA

View stunning imagery from the upper, middle, and lower falls of the Lewis River Falls in Washington. Visitation to the area has grown over the years and you'll need a permit. You can make your reservation here.

Discover Sensational Serenity at This Awe-Inspiring Cabin at Big Lake.

It doesn't matter what season, this stunning property in Big Lake, WA has it all. This 6-acre sprawl is private, yet convenient to I-5. The tulip fields in Mount Vernon aren't far.

The grounds are landscaped and include a turquoise half-acre pond. There are horseshoes and cornhole for fun or sit by the fire pit. In the summer, feel free to swim. And there's a stand-up paddle board for guests. Finish your day with some time in the hot tub.

It's the perfect getaway for small families or a romantic weekend. Most guests return to begin an annual tradition for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

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