One of the more interesting places to visit in North Central Washington is Lake Lenore Caves. This spot north of Soap Lake and south of Coulee City is a great family destination for a quick hike up on the hillside for a unique opportunity to explore some caves. This is yet another of the many places locals and tourists are lucky to have access to in this region.
Here are five fun facts about Lake Lenore Caves.
How It’s Made
Lake Lenore Caves were formed during the famous Great Missoula Flood. Rushing water pulled huge pieces of basalt away from and out of the walls of the coulee, leaving behind shallow caves.
Yeah, It’s A Trail, But…
There is a short trail that leads up to the caves from the parking lot at Lake Lenore Caves. Part of this trail, as it rises up the steep terrain, is actually a manmade staircase.
Lucky Number 7
There are a total of seven caves along this main trail that accesses Lake Lenore Caves. While created by the Great Missoula Flood, they were used by Native Americans as temporary lodging and storage.
While standing in front of the caves at Lake Lenore Caves, you can view two lakes in front of you. Straight ahead and to the south is Lenore Lake. To the north is Alkali Lake.
Steep, But Short
While the initial approach to the trail at Lake Lenore Caves is steep, it’s relatively short. There is only an elevation gain of about 200 feet and the entire trail is only one and a half miles long.