Eightmile Trailhead

  

Provides access to: Eightmile Lake Trail #1552 and Eightmile-Trout Creek Trail #1554 within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

An overnight reservation permit is required from June 15 to October 15 for entry to the unique Enchantments Area. Wilderness permits for day-use are required. The self-issuing permits are available at trailheads.

$5/vehicle/day

SEE NEW PARKING RESTRICTION BELOW.

DRONES ARE PROHIBITED IN ALL WILDERNESS AREAS
DOGS ARE PROHIBITED

DOGS are prohibited within the Enchantment Permit Area, which includes the Eightmile area trails. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136.
Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent DO NOT QUALIFY AS SERVICE DOGS under the regulation and are not allowed. 

 

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations are required for overnight use from May 15 through October 31.
Fees $5 per vehicle/per day or valid Recreation Pass required. See new parking restriction below.
Permit Info: An overnight reservation permit is required from June 15 to October 15 for entry to the unique Enchantments Area. Wilderness permits for day-use are required. The self-issuing permits are available at trailheads.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: * There is a NO PARKING restriction for the entirety of Road 7601, from the start at Icicle Road 7600 to its terminus at Stuart Lake Trailhead. Parking is only allowed in the Eightmile and Stuart/Colchuck Trailhead Parking Lots. These trailheads, which access the Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, routinely experience intense demand through the summer months and early autumn.  As visitor use has increased dramatically over the past decade, parking and related safety and resource issues have also been compounded.  On several days of the week during this time of the year, especially the weekends, parking can extend on both sides of this one-lane road from Stuart Lake to Eightmile Lake trailhead and beyond.  This creates public safety issues and concerns along this one-lane road as it relates to the ingress/egress for emergency vehicles, to user conflicts between motorized vehicles accessing the trailheads and pedestrians walking the road to and from the trailhead.  As is, parking for emergency response vehicles and Search and Rescue volunteers is severely affected by the overly congested parking at the trailheads.  These trailheads and parking areas have been documented to be well beyond their capacity, causing repeated natural resource and sanitation issues as well.  This has created a public health concern at the 2 toilet facilities, one at each trailhead.  As they are over capacity they are often lacking sanitary supplies, which has resulted in sanitation issues and public health concerns in the forest area adjacent to the trailheads (litter and human waste).   
  
  • Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File). Mandatory permit area.
  • Non-motorized, no bicycles, no aircraft.
  • No Drones
  • Group size limit 8. 
  • 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. Dogs, and all pets, are prohibited, except for Service Dogs as defined by Department of Justice regulations 28 C.F.R. Part 35.136. Dogs whose sole purpose is to provide therapy, comfort, emotional support or crime deterrent do not qualify as service dogs.
  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Use certified weed-free or commercially processed stock feed only.
Closest Towns: Leavenworth, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Information Center: Wenatchee River Ranger District, (509) 548-2550

General Information

Directions:

From Leavenworth, WA, follow US-2 West for 0.8 mile. Turn left onto Icicle Road (becomes Forest Road 7600) and travel about 8.5 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 7601 and follow it for about 3 miles to the trailhead.


Parking:

PARKING RESTRICTION

Parking along FS Road 7601 is prohibited. Parking will only be allowed in the Eightmile Trailhead and Stuart Lake Parking Lots. A NW Forest Pass, America the Beautiful Pass or the Overnight Visitor Parking Pass that comes with Enchantments permit must be on display on your vehicle’s dashboard. The Overnight Parking Pass does not guarantee you a parking space, but approximately 50% of the parking spaces are reserved for Overnight Permit holders only. If Overnight Permit parking area is full, Overnight Permit holders can also park elsewhere in the lots. Day hikers cannot park in these signed Overnight areas. Tickets with fines will be issued for violators of Overnight Parking areas or parking along the road. Plan accordingly and arrive early or mid-week when it’s less crowded if you want to park at these sites. Or consider carpooling or have someone shuttle you to the trailheads to further reduce impacts and overcrowding. If you have any questions please call the Leavenworth Ranger Station at (509) 548-2550.  


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  Latitude : 
47.536

  Longitude : 
-120.814

  Elevation : 
3300

 

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