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.
Dogs are prohibited between trailhead on Forest Road 7601 and Windy Pass, including Eightmile Lake and Caroline Lake area and within the Enchantment Permit Area, except for Service Dogs as defined by the revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
At a Glance
The trail begins at Eightmile Trailhead located 3 miles south of Icicle Canyon road on Eightmile Road #7601.
Green Trail Map - #209S The Enchantments
USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain, WA
Vicinity Map of Enchantment Permit Area Zones