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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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 2,349 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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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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Dave B
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Collin Huff
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Hiking

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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Coreyann Rossi
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Bugs

05/19/2020 trail was fairly easy up to 3' o-clock rock. There is some snow at 3'o-clock but easy to skirt. Lots of bugs. There is also some shrubbery flowering.

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Kevin Flynn
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April 20, 2019: Road is 2wd accessible, though high clearance recommended not due to potholes but rather a couple repaired sections of road that dip way down. As stated by previous reviews, trail is very steep overall with a few really stupid parts, and is mostly in decent shape until the creek crossing, after that it really does look like some kind of goat trail. Something to consider: this trail has a heavy root and rock presence for pretty much its enitirety which makes for a slick trek during the wet season, especially the roots! There were a few snow patches after the creek but we hit actual snow 1.7 miles in, and that's where we decided to turn around. I would only do this hike again if it's dry.

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Aaron Dolph
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Snowshoeing

I have done this hike a couple of times, once in the fall, once in the winter. Right now you need microspikes for the middle third and snowshoes for the upper third. This is a little used trail that was cut by a couple of mountain goats. It is steep and rough but the views are awesome. If you want to just get out without a crowd for 4 or 5 hours this is that trail.

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Kristine Budnick
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Hiking

We were bored today so we went on a drive and ended up here. We were not sure how long the trail was and did not make it the full 8 Miles. Most of the trail is straight-up switchback and it was very difficult, but doable! When we got about a mile and we hit a snow field but got through it and found the trail we decided to end at the first spot we saw the waterfall it was very beautiful we laid on the Flat Rock and relaxed! I want to do it again and finish it!

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James Lees
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This is a four star hike that I rated five starts due to the window of time that I traveled there with all the snow. The last half a mile of snow as well as the snow in the surrounding areas made the views exceptional. I initially thought the trail was going to be a waste of time since its so short but it was a good workout climbing to the top with excellent views. The trail was covered in roots and rocks so make sure you dont mind that terrain. Well worth the journey and the lack of other hikers was great as well. There are probably more climbers that use this trail then hikers.

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