Eightmile Lake Trail

OutAndBack • 6.5 mi • 1360 ft

The Icicle River Valley burned in the summer of 1994. At least one-third of the trees along this trail—ponderosa pine, hemlocks, and cedars—were transformed into charred sentinels and silver forest. New life is generating, however, as it always has. Children will enjoy seeing the vestiges of old stumps surrounded by green growth and hearing the story of searing crown fires roaring up Eightmile Creek. The lake is still a lovely glacier-carved irrigation reservoir with a dam at one end. Poignantly, signs requesting that no campfires be built near the shoreline are posted on burned trees along the shoreline, and the air still smells of fire.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Length: 6.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,360 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult for children
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 4,260 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 177 Chiwaukam Mountains; USGS Cashmere Mountain; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
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Very nice hike. My wife is not an avid hiker, yet with plenty of time and a nice pace for her, we made it to the lake. No bugs, and hardly any people. But being a Thursday in September, we kind of planned it that way. Took off the boots and dipped out feet in the cool water. The chipmunks are funny and brave. If you sit perfectly still they will come right up to you. We had one that was climbing all over our daypack. Worth the hike.


Bring mosquito repellant. Lots of it. Little eightmile is a nice stop on the way, but eightmile lake may be the best lake I have been able to hike to. Just beautiful. The only downside is that it is really popular and easy enough for kids to do, so expect crowds and do not expect solitude or even quiet. Kind of frustrating that way.

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