The Eightmile-Trout Creek Trail is 8.0 miles long, gains 2800 feet of elevation, and is open to hikers and stock users. The trail begins about 2.8 miles up Eightmile Lake Trail #1552, and immediately climbs switchbacks of moderate to steep grade, across a recovering burn area providing little shade from the afternoon sun. The trail continues to climb, offering increasingly spectacular views of Eightmile Lake, the canyon below, and the surrounding peaks. The trail levels out and enters wooded terrain when it reaches Caroline Lake, and continues along the east shore of the lake. There are many hiker campsites and a stock campsite at Caroline. The trail continues past Caroline Lake to Little Caroline Lake, where there are more hiker campsites (stock are not allowed at Little Caroline Lake). Beyond Little Caroline Lake, the trail continues to climb gentle switchbacks up beautiful, meadowy slopes, until it crests Windy Pass. The trail then drops steeply down gravelly, eroded switchbacks on the northwest side of the pass. It becomes much less traveled, brushier, and harder-to-follow. The trail heads mostly downhill, crossing lovely meadows and creeks, eventually entering more heavily-wooded terrain and switchbacking down through the old growth forest. The trail crosses Trout Creek, and ends at the junction with Trout Creek Trail #1555. This trail is within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
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
||$5/person/day - Cost for special permit for overnight use by reservation, May 15 - October 31
||Alpine Lake Wilderness permit required. These are self-issuing at the trailhead. Special overnight permits required from May 15 through October 31 from the Eightmile Lake Trail trailhead to Windy Pass.
||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).
- Campfires prohibited above 5000'.
- 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)
- Designated stock and hiker campsites within 1/2 mile of Little Caroline Lake and Lake Caroline.
- Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed only.
||A valid Recreation Pass required at Eightmile trailhead.
||Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550
The trail begins 2.8 miles up the Eightmile Lake Trail #1552 and ends at the junction with the Trout Creek Trail #1555.
Green Trail Map - #209S The Enchantments
USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Jack Ridge, WA
Vicinity Map of Enchantment Permit Area Zones