CHS 1 Hike - Eightmile Lake, Lake Caroline & Windy Pass

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Eightmile Lake, Lake Caroline & Windy Pass

An early autumn trek to Windy Pass on the arm of Cashmere Mountain in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness via Little Eightmile Lake & Lake Caroline featuring larches, marmots, and views of the Enchantment Peaks. CHS 1 graduation hike led at a pace of 1.5-2.0 mph.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,900 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

We will meet  at Brickyard Park & Ride at 5:15AM and carpool to the trailhead.

Wrap up your CHS season with this popular hike in the outer Enchantments with three lakes, expansive views from the pass, and hopefully some autumn colors as well!  After the hike, we'll stop at the legendary (and newly rebuilt) 59er Diner for a well-deserved bite to eat before heading west again via Hwy 2.


Eightmile Lake, Eightmile Mountain & Lake Caroline

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Enchantment Lakes No. 209S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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