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Eightmile Lake Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 1,427 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Snow

Fee

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (5)
Contact
Getting There

North Western pass or 5$ for a day. Please note that the road leading to the trailhead closes seasonally.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Leavenworth: Follow direction to Bridge Creek Campground. At Bridge Creek turn south onto Forest Service Road 7601 and follow for approximately 2.5 miles to the Eightmile trailhead.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (359)
Photos (419)
Recordings (265)
Completed (725)
Danielle Flores
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A perfect day hike. only took us a couple hours. very shaded most the hike. very neat view at the end

David Zempel
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HikingOver grownRocky

Lots of parking at 8 am today 8/4 (a Tuesday). Allow extra time for the drive up from Icicle Road. The FS road is not well maintained and is very rough and slow going. Figure 30 minutes from Icicle Road to the trailhead. The hike is very nice. Great views in first 1/2 mile as you gain elevation. Also the lake is beautiful and offers great views as well. But in between is rather unremarkable and basically a walk among lots of fire damaged and dead trees. Some nice wildflower areas. A couple of nice views of eight mile creek. A few overgrown stretches and muddy sections, but overall not bad. I clocked it at exactly 3 miles one way to the lake. Do this one in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat.

Rikki W.
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky
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Presley Fortune
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

A great morning trail! Would suggest going earlier in the day as there is very little shade during the hike! I wouldn’t want to be heading up at noon! The brush is a little overgrown into the trail so pants might be a good idea if that sort of thing bothers you! Overall a good hike with a sweet spot to swim at the end!

Shari McDonald
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HikingBugsMuddy

I’m a 49 year old mother of 3 teenagers who is not in great shape. This trail kicked my butt, and was worth every second! The views are beautiful and the lake at the end was very refreshing!

Sara Maloney
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HikingGreat!

This was a good morning hike. Hiked this trail this morning (7/30/20). The lake is beautiful. Unfortunately it looks like there was a fire in the area and many of the trees are burned which didn’t make for the best views.

Heidi Maisonet
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HikingBugsNo shade
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Erin Delsol
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HikingBugsMuddy

First mile is pretty steep, then flat for a ways and then briefly steep again before the lake. Lots of wild flowers and berries (and chipmunks) out right now. There are several areas where the trail crosses the creek - you’ll want sturdy shoes! My friend fell in while crossing (shoe got wet but otherwise fine). Not too many people on this trail, even on a Sunday! This was a challenge for me and the friend I hiked with - neither of us is in good hiking shape, and there are several areas with no shade . Also, please wear a mask folks!

JW ME
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
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Morgan Cole
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

My husband and I are beginner hikers but we love being outdoors and are fairly fit. We hiked this trail today and when we arrived around 7:30am, there was plenty of parking. As the reviews say, most of the hard work and going uphill on rocky terrain is in the first mile. The rest of the trail was fairly dry and dusty. About 3/4 of the way into the trail, you’ll hit some more steep, uphill rocky terrain; however, we didn’t have any hiking sticks or professional gear and did just fine. There is a portion of the trail where brush is thick so pants instead of shorts is probably better (my legs were very sunburnt from the prior day so I wore shorts), but nothing too bad. Make sure to wear/bring bug spray; fair amount of bugs in the morning. Lots of chipmunks too! And yes, there are some muddy spots so I recommend boots or at least dark colored hiking shoes (beginner hiker here... I wore bright white Nike tennis shoes; however, there are some dry logs placed over the muddy puddle areas so if you have good balance, you don’t have to trek through the muddy water. My shoes were only dusty by the end of it all.). The lake at the end of the trail is SPECTACULAR. A bit chilly since it was about 10am when we got there but absolutely beautiful. The hike back down wasn’t too bad either; just take it slow on the steep rocky parts. Overall, I highly recommend this trail, and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Victor Reisig
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HikingBugs

Great time of year to go do this trail. Easy enough to day hike. I did eight mile lake then went up to lake Caroline. You can snag overnight passes on recreation.gov every Monday between 5-9am. Def worth it!

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Vinod Mitta
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shade

less crowded than other enchantments area trails and trail in good condition except for a couple brief muddy areas. Good scenery and lake is nice and cold, but a bit buggy so bring spray.

Blake Clawson
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Hiking

A lovely hike! The total mileage (per recording) was about a mile less than AllTrails reports. There was a muddy section in the middle of the hike, but other than that, it was mostly dusty and dry. The majority of the elevation gain is at the beginning of the trail, but the rest is very gradual. It’s an easy trail and the lake is nice.

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Tawnya Rockney
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HikingBugs

Did this trail 2 weeks ago. This was my first real hike ever. It was a workout. But not to bad really. A lot of mosquitoes, so bring your spray. It was a nice day.

Sara Robinson
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Hiking

7/17- loved this hike. Trail in great condition. My watch said I went a total of 8.6 miles, but we wandered around a bit by the lake. The steepest part was the first mile or so then the rest is relatively easy. Parking at trailhead was hard to come by at 9am. Dirt road leading to trailhead rough in spots. Saw a snake on the trail and lots of chipmunks

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Debbie Ramos
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HikingMuddy

Took us 1 hour to get to the lake. Still muddy but doable. I would recommend Stuart Lake and Colchuck Lake if you are up for a better hike and view.

Calvin Wheeler
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HikingMuddy

Fun trail. Some muddy parts. Get there early as it appears people hiking Colchuck park here too! We got there at 6am and there was parking. Not a lot of traffic on this trail. The lake was awesome, and on a hot day a nice place to swim and cool off. Trail in pretty nice shape and VERY little trash. Maybe a little tough for younger kids, the first mile is a little steep.

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Kim Wheeler
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Fantastic hike! Lots of chipmunks, a snake, a deer, and a marmot where pop-up guests on the hike. Gorgeous views along the way. There are a few muddy spots so wear shoes that are kid-friendly.

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