Backpack to Eightmile Lake

Eightmile Lake Trailhead

Venture to and stay the night at one of the gems of the Enchantments Lakes region in Washington State.

Beginning at the trailhead, fill out a self-issued permit allowing you to stay overnight. Start your trek heading upwards at an elevation of 3300 feet. As you become adapted to the trail, you will start to realize it is maintained and well groomed. In addition, The 1300 feet of elevation gained throughout the 3.3 mile hike are gradual, making for a moderate, leisurely outing.

As you hit the first mile, you will cross the beautiful Pioneer Creek. Rinse your boots, filter some water to refill your bottle and keep on your way. Although the Eightmile-Caroline Region of the Enchantments was devastated by wildfire in recent years, the land has begun to grow back. Do not be deterred, there is still plenty of beauty to witness beyond the burnt ponderosa trees. Fields of purple, green and yellow wildflowers fill your view and surrounding peaks captivate your imagination.

At 2.5 miles you will reach Little Eightmile Lake. This is the perfect time to take in the beauty, grab a snack and refuel for the final push to the lake.

As you approach the lake, survey the surrounding area for a designated camping area. Set up camp and enjoy all the beauty the surrounding area has to offer. With features like Eightmile Mountain and Jack Ridge overlooking the emerald green lake, there is hardly a better place to experience some of the best mother nature has to offer.

Pack List

  • Lottery Awarded Overnight Permit (Required from June 15-October 15)
  • Self-Issued Permit (Located at Trailhead)
  • Hiking Boots
  • Camera
  • Backpacking gear
  • 10 essentials
  • Proper clothing
  • Adequate food
  • Northwest Forest Pass
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RT Distance 6.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1300 Feet
Activities Photography, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Easy Hike, Beautiful Lake

Day hike up to eight mile, would've loved to camp but you need a permit. Lots of wildflowers at the beginning of the trail. After the initial climb, you drop into a valley of red rock and burnt trees. The trail is fairly flat. I would've liked to go further to the far end of the lake, but the lady opted for the hammock and marmot viewing.


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