This scenic and heavily used trail within Alpine Lakes Wilderness has moderate grades, ending at the lake surrounded by high, jagged mountains in a little more than 3 miles. The trail meets up with and follows alongside an old logging road, then crosses a log bridge and continues to climb steadily uphill through forested and sometimes muddy terrain, until it crosses into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. From there, the trail winds through heavily-wooded areas, with spectacular flowers during the summer, until it begins to climb switchbacks of moderate grade. The trail follows these until it passes Little Eightmile Lake on the left, and the junction with Eightmile-Trout Creek Trail #1554 on the right. Eightmile Lake Trail continues for another 0.5 miles, up switchbacks that cut across a recovering burn area and a large talus field on the east side of Eightmile Lake, ending at the lake itself, which is surrounded by high, jagged mountains. Eightmile Lake is within the Enchantments wilderness area, so please see the Enchantments Lakes permit information section for more information. Camping with stock is not allowed at Eightmile and Little Eightmile Lakes.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required for overnight use from June 15 through October 15.
Fees Permits for overnight use by reservation from June 15 through October 15 are $5 per person per day.
Permit Info: Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required.  These are self-issuing at the trailhead.Special overnight permits required from June 15 through October 15.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)
  • Wilderness Trail: Non-motorized, no bicycles. 
  • Maximum group size is eight (total number of people and stock).
  • Dogs are prohibited.
  • Campfires are prohibited. 
  • No camping with stock at Little Eightmile or Eightmile Lakes.
  • Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed onlyt
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Eightmile trailhead.
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550

General Information


The trail begins at Eightmile Trailhead located 3 miles south of Icicle Canyon road on Eightmile Road #7601.

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Green Trail Map - #209S The Enchantments

USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain, WA

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  Area/Length : 
3.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3300' - 4600'