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Eightmile Lake Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (9)

This is a great day or overnight hike to one of the most accessible Alpine Lakes.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

4,674' 1,425 m

High

3,313' 1,010 m

Low

1,462' 446 m

Up

102' 31 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This is challenging, but not overly so. Kids over 6-ish will do fine and splashing in the lake was a hit!

Permit required: day-users can self register at the trailhead, but camping requires purchasing a permit ahead of time.

Description

Please note that a severe fire burned this area in 2017 and most trees along the shoreline have burned, and it is not recommended to explore to the end of the lake with children. This is a great hike for accessing the beauty of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. At 3.5 miles, this is a great day hike or a nice overnight. We backpacked in for 2 nights for my 7 year old's first backpacking trip.

The first half mile starts with a significant climb, so he was a little discouraged at first. After that, though, the grade becomes much more gradual, with only a couple of short steeper sections.

This hike will take you through evergreen stands, meadows, and opportunities to see the forest rebuilding itself after fires in 1994 and 2010. There are not very many shady areas in the middle of this hike, so prepare for that. The bugs can be annoying at the lake, so be prepared if you plan to stay up there a while.

I've done this hike a few times earlier in the season and found the lake to be bone-chillingly cold, but this time in August I found it to be refreshing and crystal clear. Around the 3 mile mark, you'll come to a small lake that is very pretty and worth a break to enjoy. However, continue climbing a bit more to get to your destination and the reward of fantastic views.

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Shared By:

Chris Flashhard with improvements by Karen K

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8 Mile Lake, near Leavenworth WA.
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Oct 16, 2021
Sarah Shafer
nice easy hike up to a great little lake! 6.5mi — 3h 00m
Sep 24, 2021
Frank Selker
We went to lake, then headed 2/3 way up to Lake Caroline on Trout Lake Trail. Nice foliage color in late September, not busy, no bugs. 10mi
Aug 19, 2021
Lindsey Kaiser
So beautiful!! 8.4mi — 3h 16m
Jun 6, 2020
Jay Rosencrantz
Aug 11, 2019
Timothy Beckman
16h 14m
Jun 18, 2019
Daniel Radach
7mi — 4h 00m
Oct 13, 2018
Al Adan
Hard at first ... two hikers in their 60s ... but lots of fun. 8mi
Jul 1, 2018
Katie Ashmore
29th bday hike! 7mi