You'll wander through ponderosa pine forest and nab views of the Colchuk Glacier on this difficult out-and back-trail to Eightmile Lake in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Sometimes muddy in the spring, this trail is best during summer wildflower season, when lupines, sunflowers, daisies, and Indian paintbrush light up the hills with color.
Park at the parking area on the south side of Eightmile Road #7601. (Map and directions here.) Then, cross the road and follow the trail, which traces Eightmile Creek and leads uphill. The trail will eventually lead you past Little Eightmile Lake. Don't stop here—the true prize lies ahead. Plan to spend a little time at Eightmile Lake proper, where swimming, camping, and fishing are permitted. (Overnighting requires a special permit.)
The trail is in good condition, but may be too strenuous for very young children.
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