Eightmile Lake & Lake Caroline

A strenuous hike or backpack of up to 16 miles and 4,600 feet of elevation gain in The Enchantments area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The trail follows Eightmile Creek steeply to Lake Caroline after Little Eightmile Lake. Continue past Lake Caroline to Little Lake Caroline and then Windy Pass to extend your trip.

getting there

From SR-2 in Leavenworth drive Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles. Turn left on Eightmile Road (Forest Road 7601); it's about one mile past Eightmile Campground and signed Lake Stuart/Colchuck Lake. Continue 3.0 miles to the trailhead (3,300 ft).

on the trail

eightmile lake (4,600 ft)

6.6 miles round trip with 1,300 feet of elevation gain

Hike 2.8 miles to Little Eightmile Lake. From here take the left fork and continue 0.6 mile to Eightmile Lake. The trail continues 0.8 mile along the north shore of the lake.

lake caroline (5,700 ft)

11.5 miles round trip with 3,100 feet of elevation gain

At Little Eightmile Lake, 2.8 miles from the trailhead, take the right fork and hike 3 miles to Lake Caroline.

windy pass (7,200 ft)

16.1 miles round trip with 4,600 feet of elevation gain

From Lake Caroline, hike 0.5 mile to Little Lake Caroline and then 1.8 miles to Windy Pass and the border of The Enchantments.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,900 ft
  • 6,300 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S

Upcoming Activities

CHS Tacoma August Hikes - Eightmile Lake & Lake Caroline

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Sat, Aug 21, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Jul 15
Tacoma Branch
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  • Eightmile Lake
  • Lake Caroline
  • Windy Pass
  • Eightmile Lake, Lake Caroline & Windy Pass

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