Eight Mile Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Darrington, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.7 miElevation gain2,349 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsRock climbingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Darrington: Take the Mt. Loop Hwy. along the west side of the Sauk River. Follow this road for approximately 3.3 miles. At the intersection with Clear Creek Campground and Road #20, turn right on road #2060. Follow this road for 8 miles to the trailhead on the right.

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Vince Moriarty
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Look... If you had one shot - or one opportunity- To seize everything you ever wanted in one moment... Would you capture it- or just let it slip? YO! His back is sweaty, knees weak, pack is heavy. This trails overgrown already, bring a machete...

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Alex Barstead
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HikingIcyMuddyOver grownRockySnow

Road was pretty rough for a small car and at 8 miles you’re on it for quite awhile. Google maps cuts off after 2 miles so plan on an extra 20-30 mins to get to the actual trailhead. Pretty forest and views along the way. Snow starts about 2 miles in. It’s light but problematic. Didn’t finish because it got a bit too icy with a lot of maneuvering required to clear some of the water obstacles. I’d like to try this one again in the summer.

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Kristina Barnes
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The road to the trail head is narrow, but in really good shape. There is a V in the road that was not marked. Take the right fork. The trail was very wet and muddy, which is expected in the Pacific Northwest, but it did make a challenging trail even more challenging. There were many large rocks and lots of roots to navigate so the mud made that even harder. It was a beautiful clear day though so the views were spectacular. Toward the top we ran into some snow on the ground and the muddy mess was semi frozen, helping with the mud problem, but adding slick rocks ice. I was very glad I had brought my micro spikes and trekking poles! I decided to stop about .2 miles before the end because of the snow and ice, but we will definitely try this one again in the summer.

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Dusty Trailhead
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail is rated “Hard”. Believe it. View is spectacular, as Three Fingers is close by. Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, The Pickets and Glacier Pk. are all visible from the ridge south of Squire Pass.

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Dave B
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Collin Huff
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Trail was in great shape. Definitely worth it!! Pretty spectacular views!

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michael barto
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Difficult when wet.

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Reno Gregory
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HikingBlowdownFloodedMuddyOff trailOver grownScramble

Trail is snow free. Very muddy in spots. Very steep, narrow, and poor uneven footing. Excellent views of Three Fingers. Hiked an extra 1.3ish miles (roundtrip) to summit the Higher Squire ridgeline to the south. Great views of Liberty peak. Be extra careful on that snow field with melting snow bridges hiding rock crevices.

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Tasha Gutmeir
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Reno Gregory
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownRockySnow

TL;DR: Road good but need high clearance. Trail: EXTREMELY slippery roots. Snow up top, lost trail. Expect a 6-7 mi hike. Hiked Monday, 6/8/20. The forest road is actually in pretty good shape. Not many potholes, and none are really deep. In fact, a passenger car could theoretically drive most of this road, but there is one singular drainage crossing pretty early on that I'd say you need high clearance for. Sighted a black bear and cub on the road about 0.75 mi before TH when I drove up around 10 am. I actually saw her (but no cub) in the exact same place on the road when I finished my hike around 4:30 pm. Trail milage is way off. Green Trails Maps lists this as a 6 mi RT / 3.0 mi one way hike. A boots-on-the-ground recording will probably be even longer than this. I did not make it to the top and still hit 6.1 mi, but I lost the trail several times (more on that later). The trail is a solid workout. Unfortunately there are a lot of roots which make footing very difficult, especially in the rain. Extremely slippery. Almost ate it a couple times. Trekking poles HIGHLY at all times of year, simply because of the roots. Combined with the steep grade, your knees will thank me later. If it is rainy at all, I’d recommend considering rain pants (wish I had mine). Most of the trail is pretty narrow with a decent bit of overgrown brush that will soak your legs. Trail is free of snow until about mile 2.3 on the recording. It is 100% deep snow from there. Would not recommend spikes, very soft/slushy. There are many, many boot tracks all leading in different directions. It was very easy to lose the route. I ended up turning around because of this and weather. It was very rainy (and not letting up any time soon, no views). If conditions deteriorated any further and visibility got low (fog) then I could have gotten myself into a real sketchy situation (was hiking alone). Excited to try this hike again when it’s not rainy and when a bunch more of the snow melts! With the terrain around, there will be excellent views with better conditions.

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Bella Blue Evans
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HikingMuddySnow

Great hike. Easy to get up to the trail head. There is a rock wall a mile and a half up you can rock climb up. There are also 3 small water falls. Very beautiful. Didn’t hit snow Intill 2 miles in. The view when you get up there is breathtaking. There is also 2 ridges you can go up and explore on.

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Justin Evans
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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful views! The first part of the hike was easy and it got gradually harder.

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