Hike to Eightmile Lake

Rate this Adventure Washington Eightmile Lake Trailhead

Added by Warren Behymer

  • Great day hike and picnic around the lakes Little Eightmile Lake, Eightmile Lake, and Caroline Lake
  • If you make it up to Windy Pass you might run into Bears and Goats
  • Amazing views of the mountains
  • Close to town - Leavenworth, WA
  • Everyone we ran into was really friendly

The hike to the lake was an uphill battle for the first 1/2 mile but after that it leveled out and got easier. The struggle was made better by the amazing views of the mountains in the meantime.

At Little Eightmile lake you can make a right and head up to Caroline Lake and up to Windy Pass. If you go straight you will make your way to Eightmile Lake. Here there are plenty of campsites available, but to stay the night you need to apply for an over night pass at recreation.gov.

Driving Directions:
From Hwy 2 in Leavenworth, head south on Icicle Road. Drive for 8.4 miles and turn left onto FR 7601, marked for the Eightmile Trailhead. 3 miles down the road, there will be a small parking lot on the left.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Running gear
  • Sleeping gear
  • Water filter
  • Mountainhouse meals
  • Beef Jerky
  • 3 changes of clothes
  • Samsung S5 for pics
  • Second pair of shoes
  • Lots of socks
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Chillin, Fishing, Hiking

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



6.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1300 Feet


Picnic Area

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Added by Warren Behymer

Sharing my weekend adventures in the mountains from Washington State. 
 Hiking, mountain running, camping and backpacking.

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