Eightmile Lake, Eightmile Trailhead, Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades, Washington
Eightmile Lake - 6.5 miles
|Round-Trip Length:||6.5 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||3,307' - 4,641' (4,659' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||+1,334' net elevation gain (+1,710' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Eightmile Lake - 6.5 Miles Round-Trip
Eightmile Lake (4,641') is located 3.25 miles from Eightmile Road in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Leavenworth. It fills a deep, rocky bowl framed by Eightmile Mountain (7,996') and jagged peaks on Jack Ridge in the Stuart Range.
This moderate, family-friendly trail passes through a recovering burn area to the lake, where social trails continue up the north shore to campsites and the inlet. The Eightmile Trout Creek Trail splits off after 2.7 miles for Lake Caroline and Windy Pass.
Eightmile Lake falls within the Enchantment Permit Area, and camping permits are limited and regulated.
A Recreation Pass is also required to access this trailhead. See below for details on day-use and camping permits. Dogs are not permitted on trails to Eightmile Lake, Lake Caroline and Windy Pass:
The trail rises steadily through a fire-scarred hillside to a split that rejoins itself at .55 miles (3,780'). Fire is essential to this ecosystem by culling dead trees, controlling pests, clearing space for new growth and returning nutrients to the soil.
Despite some aesthetic loss many trees are unaffected, and grasses and flowers were quick to fill open space.
The trail hops Pioneer Creek (.7 miles : 3,840') and moderates to the Alpine Lakes Boundary (1.1 miles : 3,910'). It shifts and undulates through invigorated brush to Little Eightmile Lake and the Eightmile - Trout Creek Trail split (2.65 miles : 4,415').
Grades steepen across the base of a large talus slide and along the outlet to Eightmile Lake (3.25 miles : 4,641'). Follow social trails (right) up the north shore to campsites and outcrops with good reach for anglers.
- N47 32.160 W120 48.825 — 0.0 miles : Eightmile Lake Trailhead
- N47 32.239 W120 49.434 — .55 miles : Trail rejoins itself at trail sign
- N47 32.070 W120 49.808 — 1.0 miles : Moderate climb through burn area
- N47 32.027 W120 49.857 — 1.1 miles : Alpine Lakes Wilderness Boundary
- N47 31.803 W120 50.154 — 1.5 miles : Undulating travel through burn area
- N47 31.646 W120 50.524 — 2.0 miles : Shifting path through brush
- N47 31.493 W120 51.082 — 2.65 miles : Eightmile Lake - Lake Caroline split
- N47 31.364 W120 51.367 — 3.0 miles : Rise along outlet stream
- N47 31.234 W120 51.504 — 3.25 miles : Eightmile Lake
- Dogs are not permitted on the Eightmile Lake Trail.
Camping and Backpacking Information
Permits are required for all overnight stays from May 15 - October 31 in the Enchantment Permit Area. This includes Eightmile Lake and Lake Caroline.
- From October 16 – June 14, free unlimited permits are available for camping in the Enchantment Permit Area.
The Enchantment Permit Area is divided into five permit zones:
- Core Enchantment Zone
- Snow Lake Zone
- Colchuck Lake Zone
- Stuart Lake Zone
- Eightmile/Caroline Permit Zone
Camping is restricted to the zone for which your permit is issued. The only exception is for the Core Enchantment Permit, which allows you to camp in any of the zones.
All visitors are welcome to day hike beyond their zone, meaning those with a Snow or Colchuck Zone Permit may also visit the Core Enchantments, but on a day-use only basis.
There are three methods of obtaining an overnight permit during the permit season:
- Apply during the annual permit lottery.
- Make a reservation online after the pre-season lottery.
- Obtain a daily walk-in permit during the permit season
The Permit Lottery
- A pre-season lottery is held in February through early March of each year to award the majority of permits.
- Following the pre-season lottery, remaining permits are available on a first come, first served basis through the recreation.gov advance reservation system. A small number of permits are available on an unreserved daily walk-in basis at the Wenatchee Ranger Station in Leavenworth every morning during the permit season at 7:30 am (except Sundays).
Permit Fees, Rules and Restrictions
- Permits are $5 per person, per day.
- Permits are Non-Transferable.
- Group Leaders cannot be changed.
- Once a permit reservation is confirmed, no changes or additions may be made to the alternate group leader.
- You must enter the permit area on the entry date shown on your permit.
- You may camp only in the zone(s) indicated on your permit.
- Maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive days. People may not exit and re-enter at a later date.
Violation of terms may result in a fine and/or revocation of the permit / early termination of your trip.
Camping Rules and Regulations
- Group size is limited to 8 individuals or any combination of people and stock. All members of a permit group must camp together in one site.
- Two (or more) groups on separate permits may not travel and/or camp together if the total number exceeds 8.
- Groups must stay separate (minimum of 1 mile and 1 hour) and independent throughout their trip.
- Campfires are prohibited above 5,000', and within 1/2 mile of all lakes and streams. Campfires are not permitted at Eightmile Lake and Lake Caroline.
- Camp only in established campsites.
- Bathe and wash dishes at least 150-200' from lakes and streams.
- Fishing is permitted throughout the Enchantment Permit Area (includes all lakes and streams) with a valid WA state fishing license.
- Contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for specific guidelines.
Email: [email protected]
Sport | Commercial Licenses: 360.902.2434
Disability Licenses: 360.902.2460
Rules and Regulations
- A valid Recreation Pass is required to access the Eightmile Trailhead ($5 day use fee | overnight use requires payment for two days).
- Dogs are not permitted in the Enchantment Lakes Permit Area, including Nada Lake, the Snow Lakes, all Enchantment lakes, Colchuck Lake, Stuart Lake, Eightmile Lake and Lake Caroline.
Directions to Trailhead
The Eightmile Lake Trailhead is located 11.2 miles from Highway 2 in Leavenworth.
From Highway 2 on the west end of town, turn south on Icicle Creek Road. Drive 8.5 miles to Bridge Creek Campground. Turn left and drive past the campground, cross a bridge over Icicle Creek and continue 3 miles to the Eightmile Lake Trailhead.
Park only in designated spaces, just across the road from the trailhead.
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Leavenworth, WA 98826
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